Danny O'Connor, Metallurg

3rd September 2004 By: Laura Franz

Full name: Daniel John O’Connor

Position: MD

Main activity of the company: Trading metals, alloys and refractories

Date and place of birth: Johannesburg, January 6, 1948

Education: Matric, CBC Boksburg, 1965; higher national diploma in metallurgy, 1972

First job: Laboratory assistant, Goldfields Laboratory

Size of first pay packet: R85 a month

First job with present group: Sales engineer

Career history prior to current position: Sales director, 1990

Value of assets under your control: R85-million

Number of people under your leadership: 100

Management style: Open door/team player

Personal best achievement: Marrying my wife

Professional best achievement: Playing major role in MBO from New York

Person who has had the biggest influence on your life: My belief in Jesus and applying his principles in my life

Person who has had the biggest influence on your career: Langham Carter

Person who you would most like to meet: Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa

Businessperson who has impressed you most: I admire anyone who can make a success of life, especially those coming from poor backgrounds

Philosophy of life: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you

Biggest ever opportunity: Being part of MBO team that purchased Metallurg from New York

Biggest ever disappointment: Losing to Australia in the World Cup (cricket)

Hope for the future: To see South Africa develop into its true potential, reduction in crime and unemployment

Favourite reading: Historical novels and autobiography

Favourite TV programme: Sport, cricket, soccer, rugby, Formula 1

Favourite food/drink: Seafood

Favourite music: Sixties and early seventies music

Favourite sport: Cricket

Favourite website: None

Hobbies: Birding, gardening, watching sport

Car: Audi A6

Pets: Cat

Miscellaneous dislikes: Arrogance, dishonesty

Favourite other South African company: Ore & Metal

Favourite foreign company: Refratechnik

Married: To Carol Ann for 34 years

Children: Colleen, 33; Diane, 30

Clubs: None