Jan 29, 2010
Paul Hendrik FickBack
Position: MD of Spescom DataFusion
Main Activity: Provision of contact centre and enterprise communication technology solutions and services
Date and Place of Birth: June 8, 1956, Reitz
Education: BSc Eng (electronics), University of Pretoria, 1979; BEng Hons (electronics), University of Pretoria, 1981; Master of Business Leadership, University of South Africa, 1986
First Job: Development engineer, Kentron, 1980
Career History Prior to Current Position: Kentron, 1980; Marconi and ESD, 1980 to 1983; AMS and Ampkon, 1984 to 1998
Size of First Pay Packet: R600 a month
First Job with Present Group: Manager of product management function
Value of Assets under Your Control: Spescom DataFusion is not an asset-type business
Number of People under Your Leadership: 120
Management Style: Participative, communicative, walking around
Personal Best Achievement: Growing divisional revenue by 40% year-on-year for three years in a row
Professional Best Achievement: Same as above
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: My father
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: My father
Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Jack Welsch
Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Bill Gates
Philosophy of Life: Work hard today and tomorrow will look after itself
Biggest Ever Opportunity: Clinching a R40-million contact centre deal
Biggest Ever Disappointment: Every time we lose a customer or lose a deal, I experience disappointment
Hope for the Future: That I stay healthy and am able to work for many years to come
Favourite Reading: Fiction
Favourite TV Programme: Sport
Favourite Food/Drink: Fish/red wine
Favourite Music: Classical
Favourite Sport: Golf
Favourite Website: Google
Hobbies: Golf, reading
Car: Toyota Fortuner
Miscellaneous Dislikes: Nothing
Favourite Other South African Company: Rembrandt
Favourite Foreign Company: There is no foreign company that I specifically admire. In its early days, Microsoft was impressive. The same applies to Apple, which has proved many times that it is able to re-engineer itself to remain competitive
Clubs: Irene Country Club
Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor
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