After about 10 years of working with South African media group, Naspers, Neil Schwartzman has finally left the company to join African digital music platform, Spinlet as its new Chief Executive Officer, Techloy has learnt.
Born in Canada, Schwartzman studied Computer Science at the University of Manitoba. He later moved to South Africa where he worked for various Internet businesses at Naspers between 2003 to 2013, before heading up the group’s MIH Internet, sub-Saharan Africa division.
Schwartzman is succeeding Eric Idiahi who has been the Chairman and interim CEO of the company since 2010 after his VC firm, Verod Capital invested a significant undisclosed amount into Spinlet, co-founded in 2006 by two brothers from Finland, Sami Leino and Ville Leino.
It turns out that after the investment, there has been a continuous search for a suitable CEO to run the company, while Idiahi was running the company as its interim CEO.
“We are extremely excited to have Neil on Board and I continue to support him and the company in a business development capacity through Verod Capital,” Idiahi told Techloy in an email conversation.
Schwartzman, who has had deep business experience of over 17 years working with Internet, digital media & distribution, e-commerce and mobile businesses in emerging markets, would be a great asset to Spinlet as it plans to focus on the distribution of its digital music content across Africa.
We’ve reached out to Schwartzman for his comment.
[Image: Neil Schwartzman at the Mobile Web West Africa 2012 conference in Lagos, Nigeria. Credit: Emmanuel Oyeleke / TechLoy]