Jun 05, 2009
Africa|Education|PROJECT|Africa|Services|University Of Cape Town
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Position: CEO of Werksmans Incorporating Jan S de Villiers
Main Activity of the Company: Legal services
Date and Place of Birth: April 17, 1968, Cape Town
Education: BCom, University of Cape Town, 1990; BCompt, University of South Africa, 1995; CA Board Exam, 1996
First Job: Articled clerk (now called trainee accountants)
Career History Prior to Current Position: Financial accountant, Mondi; project accountant, Barloworld; financial manager, MUR (Macsteel International); group financial manager, Servest; GM, Adams & Adams
Size of First Pay Packet: R1 600 a month, in 1990
First Job with Present Group: CEO
Value of Assets under Your Control: Not stated
Number of People under Your Leadership: 200
Management Style: Consultative, inclusive, decisive
Personal Best Achievement: Flying solo
Professional Best Achievement: Being appointed CEO of Werksmans
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: My family
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: My father
Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Barack Obama
Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Jack Welch
Philosophy of Life: Don’t procrastinate; live it like there will be no tomorrow; cherish those close to you
Biggest Ever Opportunity: Studying at university and attending Harvard Business School
Biggest Ever Disappointment: Can’t remember – I moved on!
Hope for the Future: A reduction in crime, poverty and corruption so my children can continue to grow up in this beautiful country
Favourite Reading: Historical and sport biographies
Favourite TV Programme: Supersport, Air Crash Investigation
Favourite Food/Drink: Grilled chicken/Amstel
Favourite Music: U2
Favourite Sport: Cricket and rugby
Favourite Website: Moneyweb
Hobbies: Flying and running
Car: BMW 335i Cabriolet
Miscellaneous Dislikes: Politicians, smoking, big egos
Favourite Other South African Company: Standard Bank
Favourite Foreign Company: Microsoft
Married: Tasha van Heerden, December 14, 1996
Children: Emily, 8; Oliver, 3
Clubs: Sunninghill Striders Running Club
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