Sep 24, 2010
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Position: Director of G7 Renewable Energies
Main Activity of the Company: G7 Renewable Energies develops large-scale wind farm projects in South Africa for the generation of green electricity
Date and Place of Birth: December 7, 1972, Lyon, France
Education: I studied mechanical engineering (fluid dynamics) in Germany and also obtained an MBA at EM-Lyon, in France
First Job: Sales engineer in Germany
Career History Prior to Current Position: I spent 12 years in sales, engineering and the project management of international large-scale turnkey industrial projects, ranging from food processing to the eventual installation and operation of a wind farm in South Africa
Size of First Pay Packet: Equivalent to R16 000 a month
First Job with Present Group: Director and shareholder
Value of Assets under Your Control: Potentially, very large, but currently nearly R30-million, spread between intellectual property and significant project development costs
Number of People under Your Leadership: Six permanent employees for the next two years; thereafter, we plan to increase capacity
Management Style: Transparent, direct and performance driven
Personal Best Achievement: Sailing experience – from mini Trans-Atlantic to number one at the Prada Cup and other races
Professional Best Achievement: Recognising a market shift with corresponding business opportunities in the wind industry and successfully founding G7 Renewable Energies
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: My uncle, a successful and accomplished entrepreneur
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: A self-starter and former manager who shared his insights and mentored me on my first steps negotiating large projects
Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Nelson Mandela
Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Richard Branson
Philosophy of Life: Honour commitments, work hard and protect freedom
Biggest Ever Opportunity: My current position
Biggest Ever Disappointment: My first attempt at starting my own business
Hope for the Future: The continued development of the South African wind energy industry and the creation of jobs in the process
Favourite Reading: The Economist
Favourite TV Programme: I have never owned a TV set
Favourite Food/Drink: Home food with a Côte-du-Rhône
Favourite Music: Jazz
Favourite Sport: Sailing
Favourite Website: Google
Hobbies: Surfing and the outdoors
Miscellaneous Dislikes: Incompetence and dishonesty
Favourite Other South African Company: Spier
Favourite Foreign Company: Virgin
Married: To Zandile
Children: Hopefully, soon
Clubs: Not stated
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