Oct 01, 2010
Position: MD of GEA Separator South Africa
Main Activity of the Company: Selling and servicing the GEA group’s products in sub-Saharan Africa
Date and Place of Birth: March 14, 1967, Delft, Netherlands
Education: I hold chemical laboratory technician and chemical engineering qualifications
First Job: Newspaper vendor – when I was 15
Career History Prior to Current Position: After working as a project coordinator and as an engineer, as well as in sales, I became sales director and then MD
Size of First Pay Packet: R400 a month (when I was a newspaper vendor) and R6 000 a month when I started at GEA
First Job with Present Group: Project coordinator
Value of Assets under Your Control: Could be more
Number of People under Your Leadership: 25
Management Style: Management by objectives and by example
Personal Best Achievement: Being named the best young entrepreneur in the GEA group in 2005
Professional Best Achievement: Pending
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: My father, my mother and my wife
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: My opponents
Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Angelina Jolie
Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Apple CEO Steve Jobs
Philosophy of Life: Don’t worry – be happy
Biggest Ever Opportunity: Relocating to South Africa
Biggest Ever Disappointment: Not stated
Hope for the Future: That a lot of good happens to all the people of this beautiful country, which has a lot of potential
Favourite Reading: John Grisham
Favourite TV Programme: Beste Van Nederland
Favourite Food/Drink: Sushi, chocolate/red wine
Favourite Music: Armin van Buuren
Favourite Sport: Snowboarding
Favourite Website: www.TED.com
Hobbies: Spending time with my family
Car: VW Tiguan
Pets: A rabbit called Wonder
Miscellaneous Dislikes: Lying
Favourite Other South African Company: Sasol
Favourite Foreign Company: Royal Dutch Shell
Married: To Margareth
Children: Luuk, 17; Lara, 10; and Fleur, 10
Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor
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