Oct 03, 2008
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Position: Regional GM, Honeywell Southern Africa
Main Activity of the Company: Inspiring everyone in the company to reach beyond what they think is possible (to be replaced – MZ)
Date and Place of Birth: August 25, 1964, Pretoria
Education: BIng (chemical engineering), cum laude
First Job: Engineer in training (doing catalyst research), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, 1987
Size of First Pay Packet: R2 000 a month
First job with Present Group: Process simulation engineer, 1990
Career History Prior to Current Position: Regional sales leader, 2007 to 2008; advanced solutions leader, 2006 to 2007 (both with Honeywell HPS South Africa); operations leader for Western Canada, 2006; Six Sigma Black Belt: sales and services, 2004 to 2006 (both with Honeywell HPS Canada); operations manager, Honeywell Hi-Spec Solutions, 1990 to 2003
Value of Assets under Your Control: R500-million
Number of People under Your Leadership: 250
Management Style: Participative
Personal Best Achievement: When my husband asked me to marry him
Professional Best Achievement: Being the first woman to reach the regional GM position in Honeywell EMEA
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: My husband, Adriaan
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: My first manager at Honeywell, way back in 1990. He taught me how to interact with customers with integrity and respect, how to work in a team, and how to keep all my commitments
Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Leonardo da Vinci
Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Mark Shuttleworth and Bill Gates – they started from nothing and went on to build highly successful companies, and used their success to contribute to making a difference in other people's lives
Philosophy of Life: Do to others as you would yourself
Biggest Ever Opportunity: Taking on the role of regional GM at a time when the company is about to explode into Africa
Biggest Ever Disappointment: Watching the cricket World Cup final in a pub in Scotland – we lost with one wicket
Hope for the Future: That South Africa will deliver on the promise of 1994 and be a country in which all its citizens can dream of a safe and prosperous future
Favorite Reading: Winnie the Poo
Favourite TV Programme: Magnum PI
Favorite Food/Drink: Any Pasta/Pinocalada, preferably on the beach in Hawaii
Favourite Sport: Not cricket any more
Favorite Website: Anything that Google can find quickly
Hobbies: Jewelry making and gardening
Car: BMW 320
Pets: None – still mourning my German Sheppard
Miscellaneous Dislikes: People who see the problem only, and not the solution, people who talk too much
Favourite Other South African Company: Woolworths
Favorite Foreign Company: Apple
Married: Adriaan La Grange, 1982
Clubs: The departure lounge at OR Tambo International Airport
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