Primedia CEO Omar Essack leaves media group

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Media and entertainment group, Primedia, has confirmed to Fin24 that its group CEO, Omar Essack, resigned from the company.

He had been on "personal leave" since last week.

Fin24 has seen an internal memorandum announcing Essack's resignation. The memo does not delve into the circumstances surrounding Essack's resignation, except to say that he wished to focus on pursuits including "writing, training and consulting projects".

"Regretfully, after three years of service at Primedia, and 30 years in the media industry, Omar has decided that the time is right for him to move on after two decades in corporate leadership roles," it said.

Primedia chair Phumzile Langeni told Fin24 on Tuesday that Essack had taken leave for personal reasons. The leave was meant to have ended early in March.

"Subsequent to consultation with Primedia’s board, and with their support, our CEO Omar Essack has taken a personal leave of absence. As chairperson, with the support of our executive team, I am on standby as required during this period," said Langeni at the time.

Essack could not be reached for comment.

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