Bob van Dijk, the CEO of Naspers and Prosus, is stepping down from his position as chief executive and from the boards of both companies.
- The announcement of his departure was made on September 18, 2023.Naspers and Prosus saw a decline in their share prices following the announcement, with Naspers falling 3% and Prosus dropping 2.9%.
- Bob van Dijk will assist with the transition and remain as a consultant to the group until September 30, 2024. Ervin Tu, the group chief investment officer, has been appointed as the interim CEO. Bob van Dijk had been the CEO of Naspers since 2014 and the CEO of Prosus since its listing in 2019.
- During his tenure, the group established significant businesses in Classifieds, Food Delivery, and Payments, and entered several new fields. The boards of Naspers and Prosus expressed their gratitude to Bob van Dijk for his contributions and wished him success in his future career.
- Naspers and Prosus will evaluate their strategy going forward and search for a new CEO. The current interim CEO, Ervin Tu, has the full confidence of the board and is considered a strong candidate for the permanent position. While the group’s strategic goals remain unchanged, investors can expect some changes under the leadership of the new CEO, although specific details were not provided in the article.
- Bob van Dijk faced challenges in unlocking the hidden value in Naspers, particularly in relation to its stake in Tencent. The listing of Prosus and the complex cross-holding structure between Naspers and Prosus did not effectively reduce the discount between Naspers and Tencent.
- Naspers is controlled by a minority of shareholders, and Van Dijk inherited struggling ecommerce and food delivery interests. The profitability of these new businesses did not match the success of Tencent, leading to criticism of value destruction.
- Naspers and Prosus will continue to focus on their strategic direction, including achieving consolidated ecommerce trading profit and maintaining growth. Ervin Tu, as the chief investment officer, will provide continuity in executing the group’s key priorities. The article concludes with an invitation for readers to leave comments on the website, with a limitation on the number of comments for free users.