Michael Jordaan, CEO, FirstRand Retail Cluster
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Upper Echelon Podcast: Michael Jordaan, CEO, FirstRand Retail Cluster
MCom in Economics and PhD in Banking Supervision, Stellenbosch University. 1990, Commissioned Officer, South African Navy; 1991-92, Management Trainee, Deutsche Bank, Hamburg; 1992-93, Corporate Banker, Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt; 1994-95, Personal Assistant to Managing Director, RMB, Johannesburg; 1996-99, Chief Executive Officer, Origin Bank; 1999-2000, Chief Executive Officer, FirstRand Property Finance Cluster; 2000-02, Chief Executive Officer, eBucks.com, FirstRand; 2002-04, Chief Executive Officer, Customer Solutions Division, FirstRand Retail Cluster; since 2004, current position.
- Michael believes that a CEO should move on after a ten year period - otherwise your ideas become stale and you start forgiving people that have become too close to you
- Michael believes in mentoring young people and gets his kicks out of giving people challenges and seeing them out-perform even their own expectations
- Michael is currently learning Mandarin – he thinks this is a very important language for the future
- Michael started his career as a bank teller in Germany
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