Grant Bennett

12th October 2018


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Full Name: Grant Steve Bennett

Position: Country manager for SUSE South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa

Main Activity of the Company: Information and communication technology support and services

Date and Place of Birth: January 3, 1974, Johannesburg, South Africa

Education: Tertiary qualification with the University of South Africa

First Job: Junior consultant

Career History Prior to Current Position: Regional sales director, Oracle Corporation

Size of First Pay Packet: R6 000 a month

First Job with Present Group: Country manager

Number of People under Your Leadership: Nine

Management Style: I lead by example to build leaders

Personal Best Achievement: My children

Professional Best Achievement: Being the first to achieve earnings before interest and revenue in the same year at a previous company

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: A mentor, Peter Finkelstein, who guided and shaped me

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: David Shapiro

Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Jack Welch – I admire the way in which he has managed his business and people

Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Bernard Kantor – he is a highly motivated individual with drive and passion for what he does. I had the honour of meeting him recently, and this made me to respect him even more, because I got to see the person behind it all

Biggest Ever Opportunity: Leading Africa sales for a multinational

Biggest Ever Disappointment: Being let down by a person I believed in

Hope for the Future: That we achieve the digital promise

Favourite Reading:

Favourite Music: I love all types of music

Favourite Sport: Equestrian

Favourite Website: News24

Hobbies: Fly-fishing, motocross and travelling

Car: Range Rover

Pets: Horses

Miscellaneous Dislikes: Arrogance

Favourite Other South African Company: Aspen Pharma

Favourite Foreign Company: SUSE

Married: Yes, for 13 years

Children: I have two – a boy, Cole, and a girl, Jaime

Clubs: None

Edited by Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor



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