Nov 05, 2010
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Position: MD of Alvarion South Africa (Southern Africa and Nigeria)
Main Activity of the Company: Provision of 4G WiMax and wireless broadband solutions
Date and Place of Birth: January 24, 1965, Cape Town
Education: National technical diploma in electrical engineering (light current), Cape Peninsula University of Technology, 1986; postgraduate diploma in ecommerce, University of South Africa, 2001; leadership and management development programme, Stellenbosch University, 2009
First Job: Technician at Telkom
Career History Prior to Current Position: I held various positions at Telkom during a 15-year tenure, ending up as portfolio manager: data centre services. I then worked for Infosat Communications as head: product development, before moving to Sentech, where I worked for nearly four years, ending up as portfolio manager: broadband wireless. Subsequently, I was manager: wireless deployment and operations at MWeb for just over three years, before assuming my current position in April this year
Size of First Pay Packet: R166,18 a month
First Job with Present Group: MD
Value of Assets under Your Control: Not stated
Number of People under Your Leadership: Six
Management Style: Cooperative
Personal Best Achievement: My son and my daughter
Professional Best Achievement: My current position
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: My grandfather for his zest for life. He married for the second time at the age of 81
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: Mervyn Goliath, the chief technology officer of MWeb, my previous boss and previous manager when I worked at Telkom
Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Author Bill Bryson
Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Writer and management consultant Peter Drucker
Philosophy of Life: Keep things simple
Biggest Ever Opportunity: Meeting Nelson Mandela and spending a few minutes with him, while I was working at Telkom
Biggest Ever Disappointment: I did not have the opportunity to manage a national wireless network roll-out owing to the unavailability of licence spectrum and other issues
Hope for the Future: That we have a safe and happy environment at work and at home
Favourite Reading: Autobiographies, good thrillers and educational books
Favourite TV Programme: News and sport
Favourite Food/Drink: A good curry/a good malt beer
Favourite Music: Classical, technoclassical (particularly Vanessa Mae) and choral music
Favourite Sport: Soccer
Favourite Website: Toss-up between Supersport.com and Google.com
Hobbies: Photography, reading, travel and watching sport
Pets: Three dogs
Miscellaneous Dislikes: I’m not a fan of the driving habits of the majority of South Africans
Favourite Other South African Company: The Cancer Association of South Africa
Favourite Foreign Company: Google
Children: An 11-year-old son and a 13-year-old daughter
Clubs: Anchor10, a charity organisation that supports children from broken homes and aims to reunite them with their families
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