Naspers online pioneer Antonie Roux dies
The man who helped pioneer media giant Naspers's online expansion, Antonie Roux, has passed away in a German hospital after undergoing surgery.
Roux (54), who was a former CEO of internet service provider MWeb, joined the Naspers group as a junior technician in 1979 and was a founding member of pay-TV operator M-Net in 1985. In 2002 he was appointed as CEO of the group’s internet operations before being named CEO of the MIH group, which holds Naspers’s pay-TV and internet assets, in April 2011.
On Roux’s watch, Naspers rapidly built a global internet business focused on emerging markets, taking investments in Mail.ru in Russia, Tencent in China and Allegro in Poland.
Roux, who was regarded as a potential successor to Naspers CEO Koos Bekker, reportedly had pancreatic cancer. – 2012 NewsCentral Media