Sep 21, 2012
DURBAN|Gold|Reading|Africa|Design|Education|Favourite Music|Stirling|Africa|South Africa|United Kingdom|Zimbabwe|Durban Plant|University Of Natal|Manufacturing|Keith Sidney Russon|Nick Bindell
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Position: CEO of the Stirling group of companies and family trust
Main Activity of the Company: Manufacturing of commercial and motor vehicle parts and accessories
Date and Place of Birth: August 4, 1953, Durban
Education: BSc (Hons), University of Natal; diploma in design, Durban Technikon; BVSc (four-and-a-half years – incomplete), Ondersterpoort
Career History Prior to Current Position: I was a lecturer at George Campbell Technikon before working at Stirling Accessories’ Durban plant, Stirling Accessories’ Africa operation (in Zimbabwe), the Clouds End thoroughbred stud farm (in Zimbabwe), Backworth (in South Africa) and Stirling Accessories’ Durban plant
Size of First Pay Packet: R300 a month
First Job with Present Group: I worked on the assembly line
Value of Assets under Your Control: R110-million
Number of People under Your Leadership: 80
Management Style: Empowering and enabling
Personal Best Achievement: Breeding a GR1 winning racehorse – Chocolicious
Professional Best Achievement: Re-energising and restrategising the 60-year-old family business that my father started
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: My father
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: Me
Person You Would Most Like to Meet: The Queen of England
Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Nick Bindell
Philosophy of Life: Deal with life head-on
Biggest Ever Opportunity: Being able to pursue my personal passions
Biggest Ever Disappointment: The ones you do not learn from
Hope for the Future: That we eradicate all forms of corruption in South Africa
Favourite Reading: Biographies and nonfiction
Favourite TV Programme: History and documentaries
Favourite Food/Drink: Roast chicken/J&B whisky
Favourite Music: I have diverse interests – I choose the music to play based on my mood
Favourite Sport: Horse racing
Favourite Website: Sporting Post, Gridform
Hobbies: Collecting antiques, breeding thoroughbreds, reading, cooking and travelling
Pets: Scottie dogs
Miscellaneous Dislikes: Miscommunication – in any form
Favourite Other South African Company: Ardmore, a local grassroots company that has managed to internationally brand a highly aesthetic product, while upskilling and involving communities in production, with a strong social commitment of profit
Favourite Foreign Company: Apple
Clubs: Gold Circle, KZN Breeders, Bookclub
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