Zimpapers CEO bags top Megafest award
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