Previous CEO to assist Jardine at Primedia

Roger Jardine will take the helm in February but Kuben Pillay will work by his side until December.

Roger Jardine, incoming CEO of the Primedia Group. His appointment was announced on 20 January 2014. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Incoming CEO of the Primedia Group Roger Jardine says he's looking forward to working together with outgoing chief executive Kuben Pillay.

Jardine was announced as the group's new CEO on Monday.

Primedia Group is the holding company of Primedia Broadcasting, which runs Talk Radio 702, 94.7 Highveld Stereo, 94.5 Kfm, 567 CapeTalk and Eyewitness News.

Pillay will stay on at Primedia as Executive Chairman, an unusual structural decision for a major company.

Asked by 567 CapeTalk/Talk Radio 702's Bruce Whitfield whether this dynamic will work, Jardine said he welcomed it.

Jardine was once CEO at Kagiso Media and believes the structure will benefit him as he warms back up to the media industry.

"Kuben will stay on as Executive Chairman until the next AGM, which is in December, which I think is fantastic for the business because I've been out of media for a few years and I'll certainly be looking to Kuben."

He says Pillay will move from his new role to that of Non-Executive Chairman after the AGM.

Jardine resigned as CEO of construction group Aveng last year following the construction collusion scandal which saw his company handing over R307 million in fines.

He described working out the corruption within the company as a painful experience.