Mzi Malunga has been appointed Group CEO of Arena Holdings.
Arena Holdings Chairman Tshepo Mahloele made the announcement on Friday morning, saying that the board has more than 30 years of experience in the areas Media and entertainment industry, Malunga had the right credentials to work with the executive team to take the company to the next level and drive efforts to grow the platform into a financially strong and towering media company.
“The Management Board is convinced of MZI. It has not only appointed a managing director, but found one who also thinks systemically and tactically, is a strategist and is a strong communicator. These are all critical attributes as we welcome a CEO who will burn hard, take full responsibility and drive our corporate strategy, Arena Re-Imagined, embrace innovation and encourage out-of-the-box thinking throughout the organization. said Mahloele.
Malunga is a well-known businessman and journalist who over the years has grown into a CEO with wide-ranging interests and knowledge. He got his first experience in journalism in 1988 as a junior reporter for what was then the Weekly Mail (now the Mail & Guardian). He joined Sowetan in 1992 as a business reporter and was later promoted to business editor.
A few years later he joined Business Day’s newsroom, where he worked his way up to editor-in-chief. When he left the company in 2012, Malunga was Managing Director of BDFM for eight years.
For the next ten years, Malunga worked as CEO of Urban Brew Studios, oversaw regulatory affairs at Kagiso Media and went into business for himself.
Malunga brings a wealth of experience on board from both the public and private sectors. He is a former board member at SAA and Brand SA and a member of the Complaints and Compliance Committee, an independent committee within the Independent Communications Authority of SA.
Malunga takes over the role on May 2 from Andy Gill, who on Friday resigns from his active role. However, Gill will continue to provide Mahloele with advice over the coming months.
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