Nov 30, 2012
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Position: Founder and executive chairperson of Paramount Group
Main Activity of the Company: Defence, aerospace, internal security and peacekeeping
Date and Place of Birth: Springs, South Africa
Education: BA, University of the Witwatersrand, 1987
First Job: Running a theatre production company
Career History Prior to Current Position: I was an entrepreneur, starting numerous businesses across mining, real estate, agriculture, tourism, energy and sport. Besides being the chairperson of Paramount Group, I am also the chairperson of Trans Africa Capital, a venture capital business
First Job with Present Group: I founded Paramount Group in 1994
Number of People under Your Leadership: 3 000 across various businesses
Management Style: I have very strong teams across our various business interests. It is important for me that we work towards a common goal and a clear vision
Professional Best Achievements: Founding Paramount in 1994 with a small team and in the face of great adversity and going on to build it into a proud African company operating globally. Launching AHRLAC, Africa’s first domestically conceived and developed aircraft. This aircraft is truly revolutionary and a testament to the skills of the South African people
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: My father
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on your Career: My father
Philosophy of Life: Dream big, believe in yourself and always nurture a ‘can do’ attitude
Hope for the Future: That Africa reaches its true potential and develops into a global economic powerhouse
Favourite Reading: Radio Congo, by Ben Rawlence, and aviation and interior design magazines
Favourite TV Programme: News channels
Favourite Food/Drink: Whiskey
Favourite Music: Instrumental music
Favourite Sport: Rugby
Favourite Website: I have a number of favourite news and industry websites that I try to follow every day
Hobbies: Devoting time to my charitable foundation, spending time with my family, boating, photography and flying
Pets: Two Jack Russells
Miscellaneous Dislikes: Paralysis by analysis
Favourite Other South African Company: SABMiller
Favourite Foreign Company: Glencore
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