Media24’s Cindy Hess among Africa’s best

23 January 2017

Media24 chief financial officer Cindy Hess has been chosen as one of Africa’s top 100 most promising economic leaders.

It is the second year running that she has made it onto this prestigious list, compiled by the independent French research organisation Institut Choiseul which specialises in international political and economic analysis.

“Choiseul 100 Africa 2016: Economic Leaders for Tomorrow” identifies and ranks African leaders aged 40 and younger who are expected to play a significant role in the continent’s economic development. Hess ranks 76th on the list and is one of only 34 women and seven South Africans on the list.

Hess, who hails from Cape Town, joined Media24 in November last year. Prior to this she was CFO at Pioneer Foods and financial director at Sea Harvest. She has also held senior finance positions at Woolworths and Transnet.

“I’m honoured to be included on this list,” Hess says. “I found tremendous value in the exposure gained at the conference and from the relationships formed with other Choiseul laureates.”

Media24 CEO Esmaré Weideman says Hess’s inclusion on the list for the second year running is a huge achievement. “We’re very proud of Cindy and honoured to have her as our CFO at a time of huge and exciting changes in the media industry.”

Choiseul 100 Africa is a unique tool to connect the continent’s economic leaders, says Dr Pascal Lorot, president of Institut Choiseul. “These leaders innovate, create, develop and shape the continent into an unquestionable central spot on the global economic scene.”