Feb 05, 2010
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Position: CEO, FireID
Main Activity of the Company: Software development of a strong authentication product on a mobile phone
Date and Place of Birth: May 5, 1954, Pietermaritzburg
Education: Trinity College of Music, classical music
First Job: Programmer
Career History Prior to Current Position: Regional manager, Sybase
Size of First Pay Packet: R425 a month
First Job with Present Group: CEO
Value of Assets under Your Control: Not stated
Number of People under Your Leadership: 30
Management Style: Collaborative
Personal Best Achievement: My family
Professional Best Achievement: Starting up FedEx in South Africa
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: My father, who told me I could do anything I wanted to
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: Garry Marshall, FedEx
Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Michelangelo
Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Bill Gates
Philosophy of Life: If you make a mistake, close the door to it happening again
Biggest Ever Opportunity: Outsource deal at Sanlam
Biggest Ever Disappointment: None
Hope for the Future: That FireID becomes the international software authentication product of choice
Favourite Reading: Business Day
Favourite TV Programme: I am not really a TV fan
Favourite Food/Drink: Provita and cheese
Favourite Music: Classical
Favourite Sport: Swimming
Favourite Website: FireID
Hobbies: Painting, playing with my grandchildren
Car: BMW 520
Miscellaneous Dislikes: Smoking, failing
Favourite other South African Company: Dimension Data
Favourite Foreign Company: Google
Married: John Dugmore, December 1993
Children: Michael and Nicola
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