"The PMG board has taken a decision to invest in our most important asset, which is our staff, and to strengthen the company's ability to better manage and develop our human capital within the business," says Jacques du Preez, CEO of PMG.

"We are really privileged to add someone of Hitchings's calibre and experience to our senior management team," adds du Preez.

Hitchings has experience in the media industry at a senior leadership level, including serving as the CEO of DStv Media Sales for seven years and holding a senior sales and marketing directorship with a global Out of Home media owner.

"I'm a firm believer that when a business takes care of its people, its people will take care of their customers. Treat your staff like they make a difference and they will," says Hitchings. "I'm proud and excited to be working with the team at PMG, one of the most innovative media teams on the continent."

Hitchings will be responsible for the human capital team and for the strategic enhancement of the HR functions across all PMG divisions. Some of his responsibilities will include:
  • reviewing and refining all HR-related management processes
  • enhancing all communication forums within PMG
  • talent management and succession planning, and
  • the development and implementation of staff training and development programmes.
Hitchings will also assist with key group projects in the business and will form part of and assist the PMG senior management team.

"The PMG board is extremely excited about this new chapter in the company's history and we are sure that this appointment will create another competitive advantage for us in our industry, by investing in and taking our human capital management to a new level," concludes du Preez.

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