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We journalists all have favourite stories about the CEOs we engage with. My Mark Lamberti tale happened a few years ago when we spent a long weekend in Mozambique as part of a Mentors/Mentees initiative. One of Lamberti’s passions is flying, a luxury his entrepreneurial success has afforded him. So he flew himself and his … Read more
Imperial Holdings has pulled off a coup of significant proportions by attracting 63 year old Mark Lamberti into the hot seat. Lamberti, one of South Africa’s most successful entrepreneurs, takes over as CEO from Hubert Brody on March 1. Lamberti founded the R24.5bn Massmart in 1990 and after retiring as CEO in 2007, in his … Read more
Over the past few years I’ve been privileged to develop a good relationship with Imperial Holdings CEO Hubert Brody. A chartered accountant, Brody is softly spoken and economic with words. When he ventures an opinion, it has been carefully considered and assessed. So after he mentioned a few weeks back to keep an eye on … Read more
By Alec Hogg In 1998, when the late Imperial Holdings CEO Bill Lynch used R15m of the group’s money to establish the Ukhamba Trust, he was probably following his own credo of “Just do it.” Fifteen years on, the magic has happened. By any measure, Ukhamba is one of the most successful Black Economic Empowerment schemes. … Read more
The infant is growing and in rude health. On 4th August 2013, Biznews was born. It has been muscling up every day since, helped by editor Alec Hogg’s Undictated column. Initially commissioned by Business Day newspaper, Undictated has evolved into a self-standing section exclusively for Biznews. Here, in descending order, are the 10 best read … Read more
This week’s UNDICTATED focuses on a very special man, the late Bill Lynch. A humble, undramatic, focused person, he was made in the mould of great business leaders immortalized in Jim Collins’ classic Good To Great. Lynch would make any list of SA’s top five entrepreneurs of the modern era. Indeed, he is the only … Read more