Congratulations to Alex Okosi, a reader and subscriber of AML, for his new position as Executive Vice President (EVP) and Managing Director (MD) of Viacom Africa.
Okosi was born in Nigeria but earned a full basketball scholarship to study at Michael’s college in Vermont, USA. He graduated magnum cum laude with a double major in business administration and economics. In 1998, he joined the MTV Networks integrated marketing team in New York, a Viacom subsidiary. In 2000, he moved to Los Angeles and worked with the MTV Networks Affiliate Sales and Marketing team. In 2003, he joined MTV Networks International Strategy Business & Development division in London to pursue his ambition for MTV in Africa. Okosi was instrumental while in London in helping to engineer and launch MTV Base Africa. The network launched in 2005. Okosi has subsequently helped create and grow six music and kids’ TV channels across the MTV, VH1 and Nickelodeon brands in Africa.
His successful leadership earned him a promotion to Vice President & General Manager, MTV Networks Africa, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, MTV Networks Africa,VP and MD of VIMN Africa, and now his new role as EVP and MD of Viacom Africa.
Needless to say, Okosi is an invaluable asset to Africa and the global entertainment industry at large, and we of course wish him continued success. Keep soaring Alex!
“Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa, home to world class entertainment brands MTV, MTV Base, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Nicktoons, VH1 and BET, has reinforced the Executive team to drive its successful business in Africa.
Alex Okosi, current SVP and MD of VIMN Africa, has been promoted to Executive Vice President & Managing Director of the African multimedia entertainment network and will continue leading the growth and expansion of the biggest international network on the continent.
In other senior appointments, Strini Naicker has been promoted to the new role of Vice President, Commercial and Content Distribution, Dillon Khan as Vice President, Comedy Central, Africa, Chris Torline as Senior Marketing & Digital Media Director while Richard Hill will take on the new role of Director, Legal, VIMN Africa.
“This is an exceptional, experienced and proven senior executive team, that has been instrumental in VIMN Africa’s growth and success” comments Alex Okosi, Executive Vice President & Managing Director, VIMN Africa. “Their leadership and vision will help drive our business goals and position us for further long-term success.”
The driving force behind VIMN Africa’s powerhouse entertainment brands MTV Base, MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Nickelodeon Jr., NickToons, VH1 Classic and BET on the African continent, Okosi will continue to report to Raffaele Annecchino, Managing Director of Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) South Europe, Middle East & Africa.”
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