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Nov 01, 2012

Carl Kleynhans

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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

Car: Mercedes-Benz

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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