Mark McChlery

20th September 2013

By: Chantelle Kotze


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Full Name: Mark McChlery

Position: MD of Itec

Main Activity of the Company: Office technology, integrated business systems, electronic document management, videoconferencing and converged communications

Date and Place of Birth: September 20, 1978, Mutare, Zimbabwe

Education: I endured matric in 2005

First Job: Ship Chandler Bond store clerk

Career History Prior to Current Position: I began in 1999 as a junior sales representative in the fax division of Toshiba in Durban. I joined Canon in 2000 and worked my way from new business development to GM for Riso and Triumph Adler for Canon KwaZulu-Natal, before being headhunted for the position of GM of Toshiba in Cape Town in 2006. Five years later, after developing Toshiba Western Cape and its in-house finance house as MD of both companies respectively, I became a shareholder and the sales director of Itec Innovate

Size of First Pay Packet: R2 800 a month

First Job with Present Group: Sales director

Value of Assets under Your Control: Our human capital is invaluable and our business interests are valued at more than R30-million

Number of People under Your Leadership: 47

Management Style: Hands-on – I do not expect from anyone what I cannot do myself

Professional Best Achievement: Developing a finance book from a zero base to a significant net present value in a volatile economy in a relatively short period

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: My wife and my brother

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: It is difficult to mention a single person. However, my current mentor has instilled enough confidence in me to drive my focus and keep me grounded at the same time

Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Gary Player

Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Christo Wiese

Philosophy of Life: Know more today than you did yesterday

Biggest Ever Opportunity: My move to Cape Town was a defining moment in my life and career

Hope for the Future: To develop a self-sustaining business built on culture and ethical business practices

Favourite Reading: Blogs, fast company

Favourite TV Programme: Suits, Mentalist and Mythbusters

Favourite Food/Drink: I am a traditional steak and beer kinda guy

Favourite Music: All genres have their place and time

Favourite Sport: Rugby, golf and basketball

Favourite Website: YouTube

Hobbies: I am attempting most codes of sport

Car: 2011 BMW 320i

Pets: A ten-month-old Labrador puppy

Miscellaneous Dislikes: None

Favourite Other South African Company: None

Favourite Foreign Company: None

Married: To Sarah Jayne since June 16, 2006

Children: Nathan, 13; Megan, 11; Emily Rose,

Clubs: Callaway X20; Sharks Supporters Club, Western Cape; Jamboys International Rugby; Arabella Country Club

Edited by Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor


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