They will take up their roles following the departure of VCNI veteran Alex Okosi, executive VP and MD of VCN Africa and BET International, at the end of February.
Commenting on the development, Raffaele Annecchino, president of ViacomCBS Networks Europe Middle East, Africa and Asia, said: “Alex has made an immeasurable impact on our business in Africa.
“Since launching MTV Base in 2005, Alex has spearheaded the development of our business on the continent, which now delivers more channels to Africa than any other international network – reaching 100 million viewers in 48 territories across MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and BET.”
Okosi added: “I am proud to have had the opportunity to build our Africa business from the ground up.
“This has played a pivotal role in transforming the music and content space and changing the narrative on Africa. Leading our Africa and BET International businesses to success is testament to the extraordinary teams, colleagues and partners that I have worked with throughout my tenure. ViacomCBS has been my home for more than 20 fantastic years, and I leave behind incredible creative and commercial talent that will continue to deliver growth.”
David Lynn, president & CEO of ViacomCBS Networks International added, “I’m immensely grateful to Alex for his contribution to the success of VCNI, including his role in developing such a strong team of successors. Alex’s leadership has been essential to our success in Africa and to the continued growth of BET International.”
As co-head of the business, Twala, senior VP & general manager, editorial VCN Africa, will focus on content, creative, editorial and marketing for VCNI brands. He is currently the VP of ViacomCBS Networks Africa’s BET, Youth & Music, ViacomCBS Networks International and Africa.
Paterson, senior VP & general manager, VCN Africa, will be responsible for all corporate functions, including business development and strategy. Currently senior VP, business operations for ViacomCBS Networks Africa, he is responsible for driving strategic growth and business opportunities in Africa.
Annecchino added: “I am delighted that Craig and Monde will take over leadership in this important market.
“Both have worked with Alex for years, which coupled with their expertise will ensure a seamless transition. Craig and Monde are experts in their respective areas and in addition to incredible business acumen, have demonstrated leadership and collaborative excellence throughout each of their careers and tenures with the company.”