After putting more than 20years of service as Zimbabwe Newspapers top executive, Samuel Bepe has silently exited the nation`s largest media house in a move that leaves many questions than answers.
Zimpapers, the parent publishing company of The Herald, SundayMail, Hmetro and StarFM, and other top brands is mum on the move which they traditionally would have announce the exit of its top executive .
Mr Samuel Bepe has been Zimpapers’ General Manager for the past 6 years since his appointed in 2011 a position he took upon being elevated from the Group technical and projects manager by the fired Ex CEO Mr Justin Mtasa.
His silent retirement raises fears that the GM may have resigned at a time when the group is mulling strategic shake ups and pushing for profitability.
Some sources speculated that he was not driving the organization towards the expected profit margins and the executive is under pressure to deliver and maintain the brand pole position in the highly dynamic digital era.
He was very experienced and enjoyed top executive posts. Before the last appointments as the group technical and projects manager, Bepe served as the NatPrint general manager from 2008.
Mr Darlick Marandure is currently acting general manager in his place.
Speaking to the group public relations and corporate affairs manager ,Beatrice Tonhodzayi, she however poured water on any speculation about Bepe being fired reiterating that he left amicably with the company holding a farewell party for him.
Mr Bepe served many years at Zimpapers as he started as an apprentice. With his contract coming to an end ,he did not wish to renew it citing that he was now pursuing a family venture, we actually wish the very best ion his future.
Asked why their publications completely failed to capture his reassignment, Tonhodzayi stated that she does not control the editorial policy and there was nothing untoward about such a move as the editorial decides what is news and whats not independently.
She also professed ignorance on the muling management shakeup.