Ishmet Davidson takes Media24 reins
Print media company, Media24, has announced the retirement of its CEO, Esmaré Weideman, and the promotion of Ishmet Davidson, currently CEO of Media24 Print Media, to be her replacement from 1 October 2018. Weideman will remain involved in an advisory capacity.
“I have enormous respect and appreciation for Esmaré, who came into the CEO position straight from an editorial role at a time when several mega-headwinds, such as the digital revolution and changing consumer behaviour, threatened the existence of media houses everywhere,” says Prof Rachel Jafta, Media24 chair. “She led the change process with strong leadership and teamwork to position the company for continued growth in the digital era. Having been part of that team, Ishmet proved himself an effective and pragmatic leader, making him a natural successor.”
Davidson joined Media24 in 2012 as head of community newspapers. He became the head of its news division in 2014, after which media distribution company On the Dot and Media24’s magazine division were added to his responsibilities. He has 16 years’ experience in the media industry and, among other qualifications, holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and an MBA from the Edinburgh Business School at Scotland’s Heriot Watt University.
“I am very much looking forward to building on the legacy left by Esmaré,” said Davidson. “Our industry is facing numerous challenges but I have no doubt that, with the support of our outstanding people and the leadership of our excellent management team, Media24 will continue to flourish.”
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