New CEO to take over the reins at SAMRO
SAMRO CEO Nick Motsatse will be stepping down from his role at the end of June this year, and will be replaced by the current Deputy CEO, Sipho Dlamini.
Announcing the move, the Chairman of SAMRO’s Board of Directors, the Reverend Abe Sibiya, described Motsatse as “a chairperson’s dream”. He said he was “one of our great leaders who has decided over a considerable period of time to explore much of what life has to offer while there is sunshine”. Sibiya added that Motsatse’s decision to step down had been a personal one.
Motsatse said that he had given the matter a great deal of thought and that it was not a decision taken lightly. “I have had the privilege of working with a very competent and supportive Board and I could not ask for any better. My time at SAMRO will always be the highlight of my career as a manager and a leader. I, however, believe that the time is right for new leadership to take this organisation to greater heights,” he said.
The incoming CEO, Sipho Dlamini, joined SAMRO at the beginning of 2012 as General Manager: Marketing and Business Development. He was promoted to the position of Deputy CEO at the beginning of 2013 to give him an opportunity to work closely with Motsatse.
Sibiya hailed Dlamini as being “his own man: a thinker, an executive full of promise, articulate, precise and very well versed in this industry.”
He went on to elaborate: “If we are to manage change well, then we all must believe in the wisdom of preparation and succession. SAMRO is a complicated organisation and so are its processes and relationships, locally and internationally. It begs and calls for a man or woman who can fill the great shoes of previous SAMRO CEOs with distinction, as is the expected tradition.”
Dlamini said he was deeply honoured to have been given the opportunity to lead “team SAMRO” at this important juncture in its development. “With SAMRO having just passed the half-century mark as an organisation, I am fully aware of the challenges but also the opportunities lying ahead. It is therefore with a sense of excitement and anticipation that I accept this very important responsibility.”
The rapidly changing business environment, especially for the copyright and music industries, will mean that the new pair of Sibiya and Dlamini will be critical in steering the organisation through some major developments. Fortunately, the track records of both these gentlemen in the music industry and the global business environment are set to stand them in good stead.