Caxton and CTP Publishers and Printers Ltd this morning announced the passing of its executive director and CEO of the Newspaper Division, Piet Greyling (62) after a short fight with leukaemia.
Greyling joined the group in 1998 after its acquisition of the former Perskor Group, where he was managing director at the time. His unmatched knowledge of the publishing industry and his background as a chartered accountant was a perfect combination to lead Caxton through different periods of change and growth.
During the past few years, Greyling played an integral role in the digital transformation of the group’s publishing titles and never lost faith in the future role of local community newspapers. Under his leadership, Caxton remained committed to local publishing and still invested in newspapers.
Non-executive chairman of Caxton, Paul Jenkins, announced the untimely death of Greyling to senior staff this morning, “It will be a source of deep pain and loss for all of you to learn that our friend and colleague, Piet Greyling passed away last night. There are no words to express the shock of this unexpected news.”
CEO and executive director of Caxton, Terry Moolman, paid tribute to Greyling and said, “I have known Piet for 30 years. In that time, he has been a colleague, a friend and a leader who has made his mark on Caxton and the lives of all he met. Piet’s passing is an indelible loss.”
Managing director of Caxton Local Media and Commercial Print, Jaco Koekemoer, said, “Piet has been an incredible leader and mentor to all his staff and suppliers. Every time one would leave his office, you would feel inspired and ready for the task ahead. His impact on Caxtonites was enormous which allowed people to grow and inspire others. Even during tough times Piet would motivate his teams. His warm personality and love for the industry will be sorely missed.”
Greyling was an avid golfer and a true family man. He leaves behind his wife Martie, sons Righardt and Armand and extended family.