May 07, 2010
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Position: MD of Bridgestone South Africa Retail
Main Activity of the Company: Providing a one-stop service to motorists through the retail chains of Supa Quick, Speedy's and Autoquip for the fitment of tyres and other aftermarket components
Date and Place of Birth: I was born in Port Elizabeth
Education: Diploma marketing and sales, national higher diploma (tertiary educator), BCom (industrial psychology), honours degree (industrial psychology)
First Job: Salesperson with Firestone in 1989
Career History Prior to Current Position: I was a salesperson until 1996, when he was appointed factory training manager at the Brits manufacturing plant. After Bridgestone acquired Firestone in 1997, I was appointed GM: group training and development in 2002, GM of human resources in 2003 and GM of group public Relations in 2006, with the concurrent portfolio of GM: marketing being added in 2008
Size of First Pay Packet: R900 a month, in 1989
First Job with Present Group: Salesperson, in 1989
Value of Assets under Your Control: Not stated
Number of People under Your Leadership: 23 directly and, indirectly (at franchisees) 253 at Supa Quick, 73 at Speedy's 73 and nine at Autoquip
Management Style: I would like to classify it as progressive
Personal Best Achievement: Finding my own way in Johannesburg with no support system at all
Professional Best Achievement: Selling to rural areas during a time after the Rubicon Speech and 1994
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: Three close friends that have shaped my views on life
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: A number of people I have met along the way and whose best qualities I have used to shape my own development
Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Barrack Obama
Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Brand Pretorius
Philosophy of Life: I can only be as good as I can be if it is through others
Biggest Ever Opportunity: Being appointed MD to Bridgetone South Africa Retail
Biggest Ever Disappointment: Being retrenched and unemployed for six months
Hope for the Future: A South Africa that my children can prosper in
Favourite Reading: Autobiographies
Favourite TV Programme: Grey's Anatomy
Favourite Food/Drink: Pasta/red wine
Favourite Music: Classical Genre
Favourite Sport: Cricket
Favourite Website: Internet banking
Hobbies: Do-it-yourself activities
Pets: A dog
Miscellaneous Dislikes: Judging people before you get to know them
Favourite Other South African Company: Standard Bank
Favourite Foreign Company: Not stated
Children: Two sons aged 16 and 13
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