KAMPALA–Nation Media Group has confirmed the resignation of Agnes Asiimwe Konde as NTV-Uganda managing director and appointed Johnson Omollo as substantive head of television.
Konde resigned from her position of four years last month and will take up a bigger role with Msingi East Africa Limited, check a regional firm that props up nascent industrial entrepreneurial firms.
In a release Thursday, NMG chief executive Joe Muganda said Konde leaves Serena-based NTV on September 8. Muganda also outlined the television station’s vision under the stewardship of Omollo, who has previously sat in for Konde whenever the MD was away on leave.
Omollo has been in charge of managing the NTV sales portfolio in Uganda and commands vast experience in the advertising industry. He previously worked with the International Labour Organisation’s small entreprise media in Africa project as a media marketing consultant.
He also worked with Capital FM for seven years rising to the position of deputy sales manager in charge of the agency portfolio.
In the release, Muganda indicates that Omollo, who has been with Africa Broadcasting Uganda Limited–the firm that runs NTV and Spark TV, for over eight years–has been key to the growth of the business as well as managing multiple projects with development partners and government agencies.
Muganda called a staff meeting Thursday morning to officially announce the departure of Konde.
Konde’s new posting was confirmed on August 7 in a letter signed by Ali Murufuki, the Msingi organisation’s board chairman.
Konde, who will be based in Kigali, Rwanda, reports for her new role on October 1, and is expected to help the Kenyan-based organisation that positions itself to support entrepreneurial works of mainly industries in the region grow through its vision.
Msingi was founded by UK-based firm Gatsby and incorporated as a Kenyan Company Limited by Guarantee in June 2016. Gatsby conceived, incubated and established Msingi in partnership with the UK’s Department for International Development, with the two agencies continuing to co-finance its activities.
Msingi operates in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda.
In her new role, Konde is expected to drive Msingi’s mission to generate a step-change in competitiveness and innovation, as well as driving significant structural transformation and growth that benefits low income sections of society by creating hundreds of thousands of jobs.
Konde will also be charged with identifying new and existing high-potential industries with comparative advantage and the strongest commercial prospects not only at her duty station of Rwanda but also around the region.
As chief executive, the former Crown Beverages Limited sales and marketing manager will be at the forefront of supporting start-ups in their ambition to upgrade technology, build capabilities and secure finance.
Konde will also be expected to support international technology transfer and learning, while facilitating a range of wider industry upgrades to address critical bottlenecks to wider growth in the industries in the region.
Konde joined NTV as managing director in 2013–replacing Joe Munene–after an eye-catching marketing career with Crown Beverages Limited (Pepsi-Uganda) where she particularly helped turn Mountain Dew into a household beverage of choice.