Greg Brophy developed his early skills at the Argus Newspaper Company, which at the time was owned by the Anglo American Group. This experience imparted to him big company structure, process, sound corporate governance and the ability to negotiate with several big trade unions, during which time he earned a reputation for integrity and fairness.
The group was sold to Sir Anthony O’ Reilly and its name changed to Independent News and Media. After a purge of management across all levels by Sir Anthony’s management “Guru’ Chris Tippler, Greg was promoted to Deputy MD of Independent Newspapers, Cape Town and became responsible for all revenue sources of the newspapers including advertising and circulation.
He led the company’s venture, as MD of Independent Digital, in the digital media world and in the process launched IOL which during his reign was the no.1 portal in SA and he also bought the majority shares of iTouch, SA on behalf of Independent News + Media. ITouch soon became one of South Africa’s international success stories as result of rapid international growth and a successful listing on the London Stock Exchange.