Arend Jacobus du Preez

15th March 2013


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Full Name: Arend Jacobus du Preez

Position: MD of KWE

Main Activity of the Company: Freight forwarding and logistics

Date and Place of Birth: May 14, 1968, Bloemfontein

Education: BCom, University of Pretoria; BProc, University of South Africa

First Job: Legal articled clerk

Career History Prior to Current Position: I practised as an attorney for ten years before becoming the legal adviser of South African Airways and GM: finance and administration at KWE

Size of First Pay Packet: R1 700 a month

First Job with Present Group: GM: finance and administration

Value of Assets under Your Control: Yearly turnover of R2-billion

Number of People under Your Leadership: About 400

Management Style: Relaxed and performance driven – I like creating opportunities for staff

Personal Best Achievement: Selection to Northern Transvaal Under 23 cricket team against all odds

Professional Best Achievement: Becoming MD at KWE

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: My father

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: Terry Mohan (previous chairperson of Eversheds)

Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Richard Branson

Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Johan Rupert

Philosophy of Life: Do what you do to the best of your ability

Biggest Ever Opportunity: Still on the horizon

Biggest Ever Disappointment: Every time people let me down

Hope for the Future: Better education for our children – it is the key to our future

Favourite Reading: Biographies

Favourite TV Programme: CSI

Favourite Food/Drink: South African braai/good wine

Favourite Music: P!nk

Favourite Sport: Rugby and cricket

Favourite Website: KWE

Hobbies: Golf and wildlife

Car: Mercedes-Benz

Pets: German shepherd

Miscellaneous Dislikes: People who think they are better than others

Favourite Other South African Company: Imperial Group

Favourite Foreign Company: Boeing

Married: To Ursula

Children: Chante, 12; Jacques, 10

Clubs: Institute of Directors and Kyalami Country Club

Edited by Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor


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