Lenny Govender

6th March 2020


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Full Name: Lenny Govender

Position: Group CFO of Macsteel

Main Activity of the Company: Manufacture of steel products

Date and Place of Birth: April 1, 1977

Education: CA (SA); MBA, Gordon Institute of Business Science

First Job: Articled clerk at E&Y

Career History Prior to Current Position: Basil Read – head of group finance and CFO at Basil Read Mining; Efficient Engineering Group – group CFO; Weatherford International – MD: South Africa and East Africa; Sasol – CFO: Sasol Financing; E&Y – senior manager: forensic investigations and dispute resolution

Management Style: Collaborative and engaging

Personal Best Achievement: Having a daughter who shares a birthday with Liverpool Football Club (FC), which is June 3

Personal Best Achievement: Leading complex negotiations with the lenders and guarantee providers to conclude a debt standstill agreement for Basil Read

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

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: Frederico Justus, at Weatherford

Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Liverpool FC manager Jürgen Klopp

Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Warren Buffett

Philosophy of Life: Do not worry about the things that you cannot control; instead, focus your energy on what you can control

Biggest Ever Opportunity: Joining Macsteel

Hope for the Future: That people focus on building a better future for us all and stop being divisive

Favourite TV Programme: Billions

Favourite Food/Drink: Lamb briyani made by my youngest brother

Favourite Music: Old Skool

Favourite Sport: Football

Favourite Website:

Hobbies: Watching Liverpool FC, reading and watching Netflix

Miscellaneous Dislikes: Not stated

Favourite South African Company: Sasol

Favourite Foreign Company: Google

Married: To Shereen

Children: Shane, 17; Keegan, 12; Jaime, 9

Clubs: Not stated

Edited by Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor


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