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Bob van Dijk Chief executive officer and executive director

Bob van Dijk was appointed as chief executive officer of Naspers in April 2014. Read more

Bob van Dijk Chief executive officer and executive director

Bob van Dijk (Dutch) is our chief executive officer and an executive director. He was appointed as chief executive officer of Naspers in April 2014. He joined the group as Allegro Group chief financial officer in August 2013 and was promoted to chief executive officer Global Transactions Ecommerce in October 2013. He has over 15 years of general management experience in online growth businesses globally, spanning the online marketplaces, online classifieds and fashion segments. Prior to his general management career, he was a founder of an online financial derivatives marketplace. In June 2020, Bob was appointed to the board of Booking Holdings Inc. at the company’s annual general meeting. He started his career at McKinsey & Company, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, and media. He holds an MBAHons from INSEAD and an MSc (cum laude) in econometrics from Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Basil (Vasili) Sgourdos Financial director and executive director

Basil Sgourdos was appointed financial director of Naspers in July 2014. Read more

Basil (Vasili) Sgourdos Financial director and executive director

Basil Sgourdos (South African and Greek) is our financial director and an executive director. He was appointed as the financial director of Naspers in July 2014. He worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. from 1989 to 1994. Thereafter he joined Naspers, initially as the finance manager of the South African operations division in MultiChoice and then as chief financial officer of Naspers’s investment in United Broadcasting Corporation plc, listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand, where he remained for 10 years. He then spent two years in Amsterdam as the general manager of the video-entertainment business development globally before being appointed as financial director of MIH Holdings Proprietary Limited (MIH Holdings) in January 2009. He held this position until he became the financial director of Naspers. He is a qualified South African chartered accountant and holds a BCom from the University of the Witwatersrand and BAccHons from the University of South Africa.

Aileen O'Toole Group Chief People Officer

Aileen joined Naspers as Chief People Officer in May 2014. Read more

Aileen O'Toole Group Chief People Officer

Aileen joined Naspers as Chief People Officer in May 2014. She has two decades of HR leadership experience in fast-growing consumer internet and hi-tech companies. Before joining Naspers, Aileen spent 10 years with eBay where she led HR for eBay Europe and Global Classifieds and also helped to grow and scale businesses in the fintech, eTail and online comparison-shopping sectors. Prior to eBay Aileen led HR for Europe at Jabil Global Services and also worked at the Telenor group.

David Tudor Group General Counsel

David was appointed Group General Counsel of Naspers in June 2015. Read more

David Tudor Group General Counsel

David has advised the Naspers group of companies since 1996. Before joining the group full time, he was a partner in Mallinicks Attorneys (now Webber Wentzel) and worked in London at two leading international law firms. In 2008 David was appointed Naspers and MIH Group Senior Counsel. In this role he led the legal teams for the group’s M&A activities in Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe and Russia. David then became General Counsel of the Allegro Group and was subsequently promoted to the position of General Counsel: Global Transaction eCommerce at Naspers. In June 2015 he was appointed General Counsel, Naspers Group.

Pat Kolek Group Chief Operating Officer

Pat Kolek joined Naspers in 2014 as CFO, ecommerce and was appointed Chief Operating Officer, Naspers in July 2016. Read more

Pat Kolek Group Chief Operating Officer

Pat Kolek joined Naspers in 2014 as CFO, ecommerce and was appointed Chief Operating Officer, Naspers in July 2016. As Group COO, Pat is focused on aligning group strategy with company objectives, leading core business activities and strategic initiatives such as large acquisitions & divestitures. Pat has more than 20 years’ experience in executing business growth and development strategies for hyper growth organisations. Prior to Naspers, Pat spent 10 years at eBay, most recently as VP and CFO of eBay International and previously as the COO of eBay Classifieds. Pat holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Santa Clara University and is a certified public accountant.

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Romain Voog CEO Classifieds

Romain is responsible for Classifieds operations at Prosus and is CEO of OLX Group, which serves 300 million users globally and operates more than 20 brands. Read more

Romain Voog CEO Classifieds

Prior to joining OLX Group, Romain was Vice President for Worldwide Sales Operation and Geographies at Airbnb. His deep global consumer internet experience is bolstered by previous leadership roles including CEO for Global Fashion Group, and President of Amazon France. Voog started his career in consulting at Bain and then BCG, and holds an MSc from Ecole Centrale Paris.

Laurent Le Moal CEO Payments & Fintech

Laurent was appointed CEO PayU in January 2016. Read more

Laurent Le Moal CEO Payments & Fintech

Laurent was appointed CEO PayU in January 2016. He is responsible for global operations and brings extensive knowledge of digital payments and high-growth markets to PayU. He concluded an 11-year career at PayPal as Vice-President and General Manager for Continental Europe, where he successfully led the launch of PayPal in Africa, Israel, the Middle-East, and Russia. Laurent started his career as a business analyst at McKinsey, before founding TalentManager in 1999. TalentManager is a leading recruitment software provider and he spent three years growing the business, successfully selling the Italian operation. Laurent holds an MBA from the London Business School and is a graduate of Bocconi University in Italy (CEMS Master, International management).

Larry Illg CEO Online Food Delivery and EdTech

Larry Illg leads the Food and EdTech teams for Prosus ensuring the company identifies opportunities for future growth globally. Read more

Larry Illg CEO Online Food Delivery and EdTech

Previously, he served as the CEO of Prosus Ventures, where he led investments in food delivery, education, healthcare and more, as well as the CEO of PayU, the payments and fintech division of Prosus. He joined Naspers in 2013 as the COO of eCommerce. Before Naspers, Larry served as Vice President and General Manager of New Ventures at Trulia, Inc. Prior to Trulia, Larry worked at eBay for 8 years in varied roles within the classifieds organization including GM, North America and Emerging Markets, GM of Scandinavia, COO of Classifieds, and Sr. Director, Strategy and New Ventures for eBay, where he was an advisor to the President of eBay and senior executives managing eBay's e-commerce properties around the world. Prior to his work at eBay, Larry spent five years as a strategy consultant, working primarily with some of the largest CPG companies in the world: Nestle, Pepsi, Mattel, and Levi's. He started his professional career as an analyst at the Federal Reserve Board. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Martin Tschopp CEO Ventures

Martin leads Prosus Ventures, where his team identifies new consumer needs that are being transformed by technology, and finds founders and entrepreneurs at companies across the globe who are addressing those needs in the most innovative ways. Read more

Martin Tschopp CEO Ventures

Prior to this role, as COO of Prosus Ventures/Naspers Ventures, Martin’s primary areas of focus were ventures strategy, assessing investment targets, and supporting our portfolio companies with operating expertise. Prior to Naspers, Martin was CEO of Kiva.org, where he was responsible for bringing the organization to solid operational and financial footing in the years after start-up. Prior to Kiva, he spent many years leading ecommerce businesses in retail marketplaces, and horizontal & vertical classifieds space. Martin started his working life as a strategy consultant and founded his own private equity business early in his career. Martin holds an MSc. in Mechanical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) and an MBA from INSEAD.

Charles Searle CEO Internet Listed Assets

Charles is responsible for the group's listed internet assets, including Tencent Holdings Limited. Read more

Charles Searle CEO Internet Listed Assets

Charles is responsible for the group's listed internet assets, including Tencent Holdings Limited; a leading Chinese Internet company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, and Mail.ru; a leading Russian Internet company listed on the London Stock Exchange. He joined the Naspers group in 1998 in Hong Kong where he held the position of chief investment officer for the group’s internet division. Prior to joining Naspers, Charles held senior corporate finance and M&A positions at Cable & Wireless, Hong Kong Telecom and Deloitte. Charles is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.