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Apr 04, 2003
Ivan Clark, GrindrodBack
Full Name: Ivan Arthur James Clark
Position: MD of Grindrod Limited since July 1999
Main activity of the company: Shipping and freight logistics
Date and place of birth: December 8, 1943, Durban
Education: Matriculated from Glenwood High School in 1961, and qualified as chartered accountant in 1969 at the University of Natal
First job: Partner in Wadley, Wood & Bonella
Size of first pay packet: R32,50 a month
First job with present group: Financial manager – joined in May 1977
Value of assets under your control: R2-billion
Number of people under your leadership: 2 150
Management style: Open, direct, no bureaucracy, to the point, do not look for control of businesses but rather partnerships
Personal best achievement: Coming tenth in the Washie, a 100-mile road race between Port Alfred and East London, and getting my green number in Comrades, including seven silver medals
Professional best achievement: Chartered accountant’s degree; being made an honorary fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers for my service to the shipping industry and being their first South African president; British Airways/Natal Mercury Kwazulu-Natal Businessman of the Year for business excellence in 1995
Person who has had the biggest influence on your life: Myself – I am a self motivator, finding my own direction
Person who has had the biggest influence on your career: Myself
Person you would most like to meet: Nelson Mandela
Business person who has impressed you most: Murray Grindrod, our chairperson
Philosophy of life: Life is what you make of it and if you don’t make it – that’s life – enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. Always look for the funny side of whatever you are doing, while not being irresponsible
Biggest ever opportunity: Being able to buy 9% of Grindrod Limited several years ago, knowing that we could turn the company into a winner
Biggest ever disappointment: Nothing much
Hope for the future: Much happiness and providing my three children with a wonderful platform of education, upbringing and wealth into their future
Favourite reading: Books on health and business
Favourite TV programme: Sport, sport, sport
Favourite food and drink: Pizza and white wine
Favourite music: Andrew Lloyd Webber
Favourite sport: Cricket and rugby
Car: Mercedes-Benz SL500
Miscellaneous dislikes: People who talk around the point and don’t get on with realising that life is real
Favourite other South African company: All our customers
Favourite foreign company: All our overseas associates and customers
Married: Jeanne (n
Edited by: Laura Franz
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