Aug 31, 2012
Brighton|Construction|Johannesburg|Natal|Reading|Africa|Business|Consulting|Education|Engineering|Favourite Music|GE|Merz & McLellan|Mott MacDonald|Nuclear|Power|Africa|South Africa|United Kingdom|Dean Koontz|Jack Welch|Jason Rowan
Position: Manager of Merz & McLellan, which was acquired by the Mott MacDonald group in 2010
Main Activity of the Company: Merz & McLellan is an engineering and development consultancy. The sub-Saharan African power division covers the renewables, transmission and distribution, generation and nuclear sectors
Date and Place of Birth: March 16, 1971, Johannesburg
Education: Electrical engineering, Technikon Natal, 1996; MBA, Oxford Brookes, 2005
First Job: Student site engineer
Career History Prior to Current Position: I started out as a site engineer, working in the high-voltage electrical construction industry, and then moved into consulting engineering
Size of First Pay Packet: R1 300 a month
First Job with Present Group: Overhead line engineer in Brighton, UK
Value of Assets under Your Control: A turnover of R50-million – the group’s worldwide turnover is around R15-billion
Number of People under Your Leadership: 50 in the local Merz business and 14 000 employed by the group worldwide
Management Style: Consultative
Personal Best Achievement: Completing my first Duzi Canoe Marathon at age 15 with my father
Professional Best Achievement: Current position with Mott MacDonald
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: My family
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: All my managers over the years
Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Elon Musk
Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Jack Welch
Philosophy of Life: It’s a long game; try to be nice
Biggest Ever Opportunity: Being in Africa in the twenty-first century
Biggest Ever Disappointment: South Africa losing in any competitive sport
Hope for the Future: A truly democratic Africa
Favourite Reading: Dean Koontz
Favourite TV Programme: Discovery
Favourite Food/Drink: Lasagne/single malt whisky
Favourite Music: Modern indie
Favourite Sport: Rugby and kayaking
Favourite Website: www.banksy.co.uk
Hobbies: Snowboarding and golf – when I get the opportunity
Pets: Two cats and two dogs
Miscellaneous Dislikes: Being late
Favourite Other South African Company: BMW South Africa (for its local production achievements)
Favourite Foreign Company: GE
Married: To Janine since March 24, 2001
Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu
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