Sep 14, 2012
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Full Name: Ralf Belka
Position: MD of Clyde Bergemann Africa
Main Activity of the Company: Supplying systems and solutions for the energy services market
Date and Place of Birth: October 16, 1967, Düren, Germany
Education: Mechanical engineering (specialising in energy and environmental engineering, University of Aachen, April 1992
First Job: Mechanical site manager on a turnkey combined-cycle plant for Siemens
Career History Prior to Current Position: I joined Clyde Bergemann Africa from Hitachi Power Africa, where I was head of construction for the Medupi and Kusile projects. Before that, I worked at Steinmüller Africa as director of manufacturing
Size of First Pay Packet: The equivalent of R25 000 a month
First Job with Present Group: MD in South Africa since the beginning of this month
Value of Assets under Your Control: About R100-million
Number of People under Your Leadership: 98
Management Style: Open-door – building a strong team and being a team player, coaching and mentoring, and setting targets
and striving to reach them
Personal Best Achievement: Being together with my wife for almost 25 years, being married for over 18 years and raising two healthy boys
Professional Best Achievement: Setting up a department and team that successfully executed a coal-fired boiler project
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: A farmer who was a father figure to me when I was growing up. I learnt a lot and developed a sense for adventure in life
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: My wife, Celine
Person You Would Most Like to Meet: The Dalai Lama
Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Steve Jobs
Philosophy of Life: Find something you love to do and you'll never have to work a day in your life (from Harvey Mackay)
Biggest Ever Opportunity: Working in South Africa, a country with enormous potential
Biggest Ever Disappointment: Insolvency of a previous employer
Hope for the Future: That I participate in the development of South Africa
Favourite Reading: Thrillers (David Baldacci and Robert Ludlum)
Favourite TV Programme: News in the morning and in the evening
Favourite Food/Drink: Meals cooked by my wife/coke and good Italian cappucino
Favourite Music: Modern pop and hits from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s
Favourite Sport: Golf and fitness
Favourite Website: FNB online banking
Hobbies: Experiencing South Africa, game drives and off-road driving
Car: Toyota Fortuner
Pets: A cat named James
Miscellaneous Dislikes: Fresh coriander
Favourite Other South African Company: Not stated
Favourite Foreign Company: Apple
Married: To Celine Gruendgens since January 7, 1994
Children: Henrik, 17; Leon, 12
Clubs: Planet Fitness
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