BBC Worldwide appoints a new head for Africa
BBC Worldwide today announced the appointment of Joel Churcher as Vice President & General Manager Africa, BBC Worldwide.
The appointment of a Vice President & General Manager for Africa is a new role for the business and underlines a long-term commitment to Africa as a priority market.
The role was created in line with the reorganisation of BBC Worldwide last year from divisional to geographic lines of management, enabling it to capture future growth opportunities around the world.
It is the second General Manager appointment for the CEMA region following the appointment of Jacek Koskowski in 2011 as Vice President and General Manager Poland, based in Warsaw.
Based in Johannesburg, Joel will be responsible for strategy and business development across all BBC Worldwide businesses in the region, including TV and Digital sales, Production and Format sales, Licensing and Publishing, Live Events and the daily management of the BBC branded channels portfolio available on DStv.
Joel takes up his new position after a highly successful tenure as Account Director for BBC Worldwide Channels across the EMEA region, steering the advertising sales business in markets such as Norway, Poland and Italy, and latterly as Advertising Sales Director where he is responsible for advertising sales on all BBC branded channels in Western Europe and within the CEMA region, including South Africa.
Prior to joining BBC Worldwide, Joel was Senior International Manager for IP Network, providing media solutions to large advertisers across the portfolio of terrestrial and digital channels within the RTL Group in 11 European markets.
Reporting into Ian McDonough, BBC Worldwide’s Executive Vice President for CEMA, Joel will work closely with the senior management team in London.
Ian McDonough said: "Joel is an outstanding executive who has a deep passion for our business in Africa. He is the right person to build on the successful BBC business we have already established in Africa and take it to the next level. ”
Commenting on his new role, Joel Churcher said: “I am extremely excited about taking up this role. Things are changing at a very fast pace in Africa, boasting six of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world.
“I am sure that working in such a fast paced and vibrant continent will be an incredible adventure. I am very much looking forward to leading and developing our footprint on the continent and working with new business partners in new markets.”
Joel takes up his new position in April.
5 minutes with... Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO, Tapoly
Founder and CEO of award-winning insurtech firm Tapoly, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy heads up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, winning industry awards, innovating in the digital insurance space, and leading with inclusivity.
Here, Business Chief talks to Janthana about her leadership style and skills.
What do you do, in a nutshell?
I’m founder and CEO of Tapoly, a digital MGA providing a full stack of commercial lines insurance specifically for SMEs and freelancers, as well as a SaaS solution to connect insurers with their distribution partners. We build bespoke, end-to-end platforms encompassing the whole customer journey, but can also integrate our APIs within existing systems. We were proud to win Insurance Provider of the Year at the British Small Business Awards 2018 and receive silver in the Insurtech category at the Efma & Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards 2019.
How would you describe your leadership style?
I try to be as inclusive a leader as possible. I’m committed to creating space for everyone to shine. Many of the roles at Tapoly are performed by women and I speak at industry events to encourage more people to get involved in insurance/insurtech. Similarly, I always try to maintain a growth mindset. I think it’s important to retain values to support learning and development, like reliability, working hard and punctuality.
What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?
Build your network and seek advice. As a leader, you need smart people around you to help you grow your business. It’s not about personally being the best, but being able to find resources and get help where needed.
How do you see leadership changing in a COVID world?
I think the pandemic has proven the importance of inclusive leadership so that everyone feels supported and valued. It’s also shown the importance of being flexible as a leader. We’ve had to remain adaptable to continue delivering high levels of customer service. This flexibility has also been important when supporting employees as everyone has had individual pressures to deal with during this time. Leaders should continue to embed this flexibility within their organisations moving forward.
They say ‘from every crisis comes opportunity’, what opportunities do you see?
The past year has been challenging, but it has also proven the importance of digital transformation in insurance. When working from home was required, it was much harder for insurers to adjust who had not embedded technology within their operating processes because they did not have data stored in the cloud and it caused communication delays with concerned customers at a time when this communication should have been a priority, which ultimately impacts the level of customer satisfaction. This demonstrates the importance of what we are trying to achieve at Tapoly in driving digitalisation in insurance and making communication between insurers and distribution partners seamless.
What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?
Start sooner, don’t be afraid to take (calculated) risks and make sure you raise enough money to get you through the initial seed stage.