Jan 14, 2011
Frank van ReesBack
Position: MD and enterprise business lead of Hewlett-Packard South Africa
Main Activity of the Company: Information technology
Date and Place of Birth: June 8, 1969, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Education: MSc in business administration, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
First Job: Management trainee with KPN, a major Dutch telecommunications provider
Career History Prior to Current Position: I spent 17 years in the information and communication technology sector, mainly in the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and the Dutch Antilles
Size of First Pay Packet: R20 000 a month
First Job with Present Group: New business sales director: Benelux
Value of Assets under Your Control: Not stated
Number of People under Your Leadership: 1 000
Management Style: Focusing on execution and collaboration, and being customercentric
Personal Best Achievement: Meeting my wife 20 years ago
Professional Best Achievement: Being appointed MD of Hewlett-Packard South Africa
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: My wife
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: Myself
Person You Would Most Like to Meet: My son when he is my current age
Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Ben Verwaayen, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent
Philosophy of Life: Think win-win
Biggest Ever Opportunity: Living and working in South Africa
Biggest Ever Disappointment: None so far, luckily
Hope for the Future: That the world is preserved
Favourite Reading: Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Safon
Favourite TV Programme: A good movie
Favourite Food/Drink: Steak, French fries/champagne
Favourite Music: A broad selection, depending on the occasion but singer-songwriter Jack Johnson is a favourite
Favourite Sport: Windsurfing and basketball
Favourite Website: Google
Hobbies: Reading, travelling, running, golf and windsurfing
Car: Land Rover
Miscellaneous Dislikes: Life’s too short to have dislikes, but slow traffic is a serious candidate
Favourite Other South African Company: SABMiller
Favourite Foreign Company: Google
Married: To Michèle
Children: Joaquim, 15 months
Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor
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