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Full Name: Carl Kleynhans
Position: Country president for Schneider Electric Southern Africa since 2010
Main Activity of the Company: Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments. The company is focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green through an active commitment to helping individuals and organisations make the most of their energy
Date and Place of Birth: February 25, 1970, Johannesburg
Education: I attended Northcliff High School and hold a tertiary qualification in retail business management
First Job: Door-to-door encyclopaedia salesperson
Size of First Pay Packet: I cannot remember
First Job with Present Group: Sales representative at American Power Conversion (APC)
Career History Prior To Current Position: Prior to my appointment by APC in 1998, the bulk of my experience was within the freight industry. Schneider Electric acquired APC in 2007, when I was named VP for Africa
Management Style: Collaborative
Professional Best Achievement: Appointment as country president of Schneider Electric Southern Africa
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: My grandfather, the late Justice Irving Steyn
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: I have always admired the entrepreneurial spirit of businesspeople like Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates
Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Louis V Gerstner Jr, former CEO of IBM and author of Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance?
Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Steve Jobs, of Apple
Biggest Ever Opportunity: Leading Schneider Electric Southern Africa
Biggest Ever Disappointment: Not being able to take up a position abroad for international experience, even though this was often due to better opportunities in South Africa
Hope For the Future: That my generation leaves a positive legacy
Favourite Reading: For business, anything that keeps me up to date with world affairs. On a more personal note, I enjoy reading anything on technology and gadgets, the outdoors and adventure motorcycling
Favourite TV Programme: Discovery Channel
Favourite Food/Drink: Seafood/a good local red wine
Favourite Music: Depends on the mood – I love a broad range of music
Favourite Sport: I do not have much time to play sports, but I love watching a lot of sport, particularly where my children are involved
Favourite Website: There are too many great websites to mention
Hobbies: Scuba diving, adventure motorcycling and family time
Pets: One golden retriever
Miscellaneous Dislikes: Dishonest, indirect people
Favourite Other South African Company: South African Breweries
Favourite Foreign Company: Apple
Married: To Lauren since 2004
Children: Twins, a boy and a girl called Tanner and Shay
Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor
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