May 25, 2012
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Full Name: John Sheath
Position: CEO of the Concrete Society of Southern Africa
Main Activity of the Company: Promoting excellence and innovation in the use of concrete
Date and Place of Birth: July 21, 1946, Southampton, England
Education: Chartered marketer
First Job: Sales administrator at Borden Chemical UK
Career History Prior to Current Position: Marketing director of Fosroc from 1985 to 1996 and marketing manager of the Cement and Concrete Institute from 1996 to 2009
Size of First Pay Packet: £7 a week
First Job with Present Group: CEO
Value of Assets under Your Control: Not stated
Number of People under Your Leadership: Not stated
Management Style: Firm but fair, and leading by example
Personal Best Achievement: Immigrating to South Africa and achieving most of my personal goals
Professional Best Achievement: Qualifying as a chartered marketer
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: My wife
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: Borden Chemical UK MD John King
Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Nelson Mandela
Business person Who Has Impressed You Most: Steve Jobs
Philosophy of Life: Life is what we make it – always has been, always will be
Biggest Ever Opportunity: Coming to South Africa
Biggest Ever Disappointment: Not seeing my nephews and nieces in the UK grow up
Hope for the Future: That there is less crime, less poverty and more happy people
Favourite Reading: Business Day, Car and biographies
Favourite TV Programme: Formula 1
Favourite Food/Drink: Thai/Pinotage
Favourite Music: Solid Gold
Favourite Sport: Soccer (Barclays Premier League)
Favourite Website: www.nationalgeographic.com
Hobbies: DIY, helping others
Car: Honda Accord
Miscellaneous Dislikes: Insincerity and procrastination
Favourite Other South African Company: Standard Bank
Favourite Foreign Company: American Express
Married: To Mollie since September 2, 1967
Children: Mathew, 38; Caroline, 35
Clubs: Virgin Active
Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor
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