Primedia Broadcasting fills two executive positions

Primedia Broadcasting is proud to announce the appointments of Karl Gostner and Ravi Naidoo as Chief Operations Officer and Chief Creative Officer respectively.

Both have been with the company for many years: Karl moves from his role as Head of Strategy for the broadcaster while Ravi has been the 947 Station Manager for 15 years.

Karl has 20 years’ experience in the media industry, 11 of those are with Primedia, and he will bring this experience as well as his strategic thinking to bear on his new role.

Ravi has been with Primedia Broadcasting for 21 years and as station manager he has played a critical role in the conceptualisation and execution of creative campaigns for advertisers.

As Chief Creative Officer he will be working closely with clients to deliver creative and effective commercial content across all four stations: 947, Kfm 94.5, 702 and CapeTalk.

Ravi said that he is excited to grow and develop in a new role at Primedia and is proud to be leaving 947 at a point when it has gained such momentum: “We crossed the 1 million listeners mark in May according to the BRC Ram survey, and I am encouraged by the mix of youth and experience who will take 947 forward.”

Thando Makhunga, who has been Group Music Manager for Primedia is the 947 Station Manager Designate. She will work losely with Ravi to transition into the role.

Thando joined Primedia as the Kfm music compiler eight years ago and steadily moved up the ranks to take on roles as music manager for 947 and then Group Music Manager.

“Thando understands the history and heritage of Primedia Broadcasting and 947, she has a thorough understanding of the staff and station strategy and has enormous potential to do great things in this role,” said Ravi Naidoo.

Primedia Group CEO, Omar Essack expressed confidence in the new appointments: “We have powerful brands that are thriving in the marketplace and I believe that Karl, Ravi and Thando are the best people to take us to greater heights in their new roles.”

The appointments will be effective from 1 August 2018.