Hans Enderle

8th October 2004 By: Laura Franz

Full name: Hans Rudolf Enderle

Position: Chairperson of City Lodge Hotels group, since 1993

Main activity of the company: Hotel group

Date and place of birth: September 17, 1942, Switzerland

Education: Hotel School, Lausanne, Switzerland; Diploma; Harvard University PMD

First job: Receptionist at the Langham Hotel in Johannesburg, 1959

Size of first pay packet: R100 a month

First job with present group: Founder and chairperson of the City Lodge group of ‘limited services’ hotels

Value of assets under your control: R500-million

Number of people under your leadership: 800

Management style: Open door, relaxed, participative

Personal best achievement: To have a close-knit family

Professional best achievement: 1993 Sunday Times Businessman of the Year; 1996 Marketing Man of the Year – Institute of Marketing Management (IMM Marketer of the Year award)

Person who has had the biggest influence on your life: My parents

Person who has had the biggest influence on your career: Charles Fiddian Green

Person who you would most like to meet: Nelson Mandela

Businessperson who has impressed you most: Sol Kerzner

Philosophy of life: Keep on dreaming. Believe in yourself and persevere. Look forward and not backward. Be honest and fair. Enjoy and have fun in your work or quit. Life and work must be fun. In work, pick the right people and delegate generously. The most important feeling, both in life and at work, is ‘the feeling of belonging’

Biggest ever opportunity: My main mentor in business, the late Charles Fiddian Green, picking me out of a crowd of people when Rennies bought Holiday Inns in South Africa. He sent me to Harvard Business School in Boston, well before he appointed me chairperson and MD of Holiday Inns South Africa. Harvard was the most extraordinary learning experience with respect to both business and life issues. “Uncle Charlie” was an excellent motivator and delegator and it was fun working for and with him

Biggest ever disappointment: Not to be a better golfer

Hope for the future: As a committed South African, I have faith in the future of this country, with the hope that our leaders will make decisions that ‘put South Africa first’

Favourite music: Most pop music

Favourite sport: Golf and skiing

Favourite website: www.citylodge.co.za

Hobbies: Being together with family

Car: Mercedes-Benz

Pets: A dog

Miscellaneous dislikes: Dishonesty

Favourite other South African company: Famous Brands

Favourite foreign company: Don’t have one

Married: Barbara Jean Enderle

Children: Stephen and Julie

Clubs: Erinvale Golf Club, River Club, Johannesburg Country Club