Frikkie Grobler

2nd October 2020 By: Martin Zhuwakinyu - Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor

Frikkie Grobler

Full Name: Frikkie Grobler

Position and Company Name: CEO of Logicalis South Africa

Main Activity of the Company: Logicalis is focused on the design, support and execution of customers’ digital transformation by bringing together the customers’ vision with Logicalis’ technological expertise and industry insights

Date and Place of Birth: October 24, 1964, Brandfort, Free State

Education: National diploma in electrical engineering (light current); BA (Hons) (Economics)

First Job: Studio technician, South African Broadcasting Corporation (Auckland Park)

Size of First Pay Packet: R400 a month

Value of Assets under Your Control: Not stated

Number of People under Your Leadership: 200

Management Style: Entrepreneurial, consultative and goal driven

Personal Best Achievement: Building Computacenter in South Africa into a company employing more than 600 people who deliver managed services to the UK

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: My Mother – she taught me never to give up, to believe that no challenge is too big in life and to always respect others

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: Francois Spruyt

Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Richard Branson

Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Jannie Mouton

Philosophy of Life: Enjoy life in everything you do; life is a precious gift and can be taken away at any moment

Biggest Ever Opportunity: To establish an information technology services company that, I believe, delivers services in the way they should be delivered

Biggest Ever Disappointment: Every time I am not successful in winning new business, I take it personally, as it means that I (the company) was not good enough

Hope for the Future: That the rainbow nation dream comes true and that we can create jobs for our youth and grow our economy so that we can reduce poverty and prosper

Favourite Reading: Business and hunting magazines and books

Favourite TV Programme: Supersport

Favourite Food/Drink: Traditional South African braai with good wine

Favourite Music: Pop and classic

Favourite Sport: Rugby

Hobbies: Golf and hunting

Car: Toyota Hilux

Pets: None

Miscellaneous Dislikes: Disrespectful people

Married: To Hester

Children: Zandri, 30; Shirne, 28; Michelle, 26

Clubs: Atlantic Beach Golf Club