Zim­pa­pers CEO bags top Me­gafest award

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nye­mudzai Kakore Harare Bureau

ZIM­PA­PERS (1980) Lim­ited demon­strated its lead­er­ship dom­i­nance after the group chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mr Piki­rayi Deketeke won the top chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the year award while head of dig­i­tal ser­vices Delta Mi­layo Ndou scooped the thought leader of the year gong at the Zim­babwe Me­gafest Lead­er­ship awards on Thurs­day.

Ndou shared the prize with Mr Ranga Zinyemba of the Catholic Univer­sity.

Mr Deketeke said Zim­pa­pers had man­aged to soldier on de­spite fac­ing chal­lenges.

He said the Zim­pa­pers Group was mov­ing with the times and was work­ing hard to en­sure it met the ex­pec­ta­tions of its var­i­ous stake­hold­ers in both the print and elec­tronic me­dia.

“Be­cause of op­por­tu­ni­ties in this coun­try, we are able to do things that will make a change. To other CEOs, I will say it is watch­ing the bot­tom line that will make you a leader of a suc­cess­ful com­pany. In this en­vi­ron­ment we need to change that equa­tion to say what can we do to bring about so­cial change and trans­for­ma­tion in our na­tion.”

A fort­night ago, Mr Deketeke was re­warded for be­ing the 2015 top busi­ness leader for Print and Pub­lish­ing com­pa­nies.

Women Univer­sity in Africa Vice-Chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Hope Sadza, who was the guest of hon­our, chal­lenged women to po­si­tion them­selves for lead­er­ship roles say­ing “it is a calamity not to dream”.

She said suc­cess­ful lead­ers were worka­holics who were com­mit­ted and have a vi­sion to suc­ceed.

“In or­der to em­power women into busi­ness lead­er­ship, what is re­quired is not only an en­act­ment of new laws or pol­icy but the de­sire from both men and women to be­lieve in the lead­er­ship of ev­ery­body,” she said.

Some of the prom­i­nent in­di­vid­u­als who re­ceived awards in­cluded Chi­tung­wiza Cen­tral Hospi­tal chief ex­ec­u­tive Dr Oba­diah Moyo who won the out­stand­ing Hospi­tal and Health­care leader award, Dr Stephen Mar­go­lis of Mar­go­lis Hold­ings who was the first run­ner up in the en­tre­pre­neur­ial leader award with Herentals Col­lege’s Mr In­no­cent Benza scoop­ing the prize.

Dr Moyo said although Chi­tung­wiza Cen­tral Hospi­tal faced many chal­lenges, it was man­ag­ing to re­main func­tional be­cause of joint ven­ture part­ner­ships.

In­sti­tute of Char­tered Ac­coun­tants chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mr Matthews Ku­naka won the di­rec­tor of the year award, while Harare Polytech­nic prin­ci­pal En­gi­neer Tafadzwa Mudondo scooped the out­stand­ing pub­lic ser­vice leader of the year gong.

Es­ther Maka­mure of BancABC and Kuta Leo Chigiya of Pro-plas­tics were some of the peo­ple who re­ceived lead­er­ship awards.

The Zim­babwe Man­power De­vel­op­ment Fund chief ex­ec­u­tive Mr Fredrick Man­dizvidza and Ecobank Zim­babwe Lim­ited Prisca Nyamu­pa­chitu were among some of the peo­ple who were honoured.

Mr Piki­rayi Deketeke

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