ZIMBABWE Newspapers (1980) Ltd has appointed Mr Marks Shayamano as General Manager for the Group’s Digital and Publishing Division, which is where the company’s newspaper and digital media platforms fall. Prior to this appointment, Mr Shayamano was the General Manager of Bulawayo Branch which houses publications that include Chronicle, The Sunday News, B-Metro and others.
Mr Darlick Marandure who was acting General Manager returns his post as Chief Technology Officer, as he passes the button on towards the new appointment.
Mr Shayamano is largely credited for turning around the fortunes of the Bulawayo Branch from a loss making unit into a profitable business. His main focus as GM of the Digital and Publishing Division will be to consolidate the operations of the newly-formed division and align it to the group’s strategy which is to maximise group synergy.
He is tasked with dealing with the fragmentation and sibling rivalry that has largely characterised the business. Caesar Zvayi has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of The Herald tasked with spearheading the revamping of The Herald, with editions for major cities and towns as well as the creation of a stand-alone Saturday Herald and the enhancement of the paper’s digital footprint.
Prior to his latest assignment, Zvayi was Editor of The Herald since 2013. He started his career with Zimpapers in 2004 as a senior political reporter until he assumed editorship of the paper in 2013.
Mr Comfort Mbofana has been appointed General Manager of the Radio Broadcasting Division after serving as Star FM General Manager for the past two years.Under his watch Star FM rose to become the country’s leading radio station with over 50 percent market share.
Group Chief Executive Mr Pikirayi Deketeke says these latest appointments come as part of an organisational redesign which is meant to centralise operations and improve operational efficiencies.
We are a big company and our resources are sparsely located, which at times has seen us approaching things in a fragmented way. Our focus now is to improve synergies across the group, foster a high performance culture and increase capacity collaboration,” he said.
The Zimpapers Group currently has 11 newspaper titles and two digital publications. In 2012, the Group started its first radio project Star FM and the station has since become a top radio brand that listeners and advertisers trust.
It also has a television production unit, the Zimpapers Television Network. The group also owns the National Printing and Packaging Company (Natprint) which falls under its Commercial Printing Division. The new business divisions in Zimpapers come at a time when the business continues to roll out new products in line with changing trends and demands.