The Executive Chairman of Sekunjalo Investment Holdings and Independent Media, Dr Iqbal Survé, is pleased to announce the appointment of Howard Plaatjes as Chief Operations Officer (COO) for Independent Media.
Plaatjes, who currently holds the position of Group Executive: Trading Performance and Operations, joined Independent Media in August 2013. During this time, he was responsible for overseeing the alignment of the company’s printing, distribution and circulation operations with a focus on optimizing efficiencies and cost saving. Plaatjes was also responsible for establishing and monitoring performance reporting systems and participated in the development and co-ordination of operating budgets and strategic plans.
“In the evolving media environment, Howard’s penchant for risk assessment and building turnaround strategies is going to be critical to ensure that Independent Media achieves its growth strategy. I have every confidence in Howard and wish him success with his new portfolio,” said Dr Survé.
Commenting on his promotion, Plaatjes said that he was inspired and encouraged by the entrepreneurial approach and strategy of Independent Media. “I look forward to working with the experienced team members as well as the energy of the many talented young people who have joined our organization over the past 18 months. Together we will work towards transforming Independent Media into the leading content provider on the continent,” said Plaatjes.
Recently, Plaatjes was at the helm of Independent Media’s redesign process and the implementation of the company’s new business strategy which started in mid-2016. This process has culminated in the expansion of Independent Media’s operations to include specialized content business units for lifestyle, sports, business and politics.
Plaatjes has been a senior transformation and business performance turnaround specialist for over 25 years with experience in several sectors including telecommunication, retail, financial services, media, FMCG, online and oil and gas.