Aubrey Lekwane

4th October 2019

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu

Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor


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Full Name: Aubrey Lekwane

Position: MD of Bombardier Transportation in South Africa

Main Activity of the Company: Bombardier Transportation is a global mobility solutions provider. It covers the full spectrum – from trains to subsystems, signalling, complete turnkey transport systems, emobility technology and data-driven maintenance services

Date and Place of Birth: September 26, 1964, Irene, Centurion, South Africa

Education: A technical diploma and an honours degree in politics

First Job: Director at Lawyers for Human Rights

Career History Prior to Current Position: 24 years’ work experience

Size of First Pay Packet: About R1 200 a month

First Job with Present Group: Current position

Number of People under Your Leadership: 80

Management Style: Bombardier follows a matrix organisation management structure, where reporting relationships are set up as a matrix, as opposed to the traditional hierarchy

Professional Best Achievement: Bombardier has created about 200 direct jobs and 1 800 indirect jobs, most of which are occupied by employment-equity individuals

Personal Best Achievement: Human rights activism

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: Nelson Mandela

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: Chris Hani

Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Barack Obama

Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Johan Rupert

Philosophy of Life: 80% action, 20% thinking

Biggest Ever Opportunity: Living in a democratic South Africa

Hope for the Future: Regional economic integration

Favourite Reading: The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden, by Jonas Jonasson

Favourite TV Programme: MotoGP

Favourite Food/Drink: Red wine

Favourite Music: Classic

Favourite Sport: Golf

Favourite Website: Google

Hobbies: Weekend motorbike riding

Car: Audi TT

Pets: German shepherd

Miscellaneous Dislikes: Soggy socks

Favourite Other South African Company: Sasol

Favourite Foreign Company: Apple

Married: To Modiegi

Children: Honey, 29; Valentine, 27; Neo, 25; Khumo, 19; Ayana, 12

Clubs: Seasons Golf Course

Edited by Creamer Media Reporter



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