Leadership Profile: Brian Fredericks of Transnet Freight Rail

This month SmartProcurement profiles Brian Fredericks of Transnet Freight Rail.

Full name:  Brian Fredericks
Position:  Chief Procurement Officer
Your organisations’ procurement spend:  ±R7,5 billion p.a.
Who does P & SM report to:  Chief Financial Officer
Private sector OR Public sector:  Public Sector
Core business activity of the enterprise:  Rail Freight Logistics

Number of people in your P & SM organisation:  603
Management motto:  ‘Always challenge the status quo and achieve more with less.’
Membership of professional bodies:  Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS); Institute of Purchasing and Supply South Africa (IPSA); Supply Chain Council; Institute of Directors (IOD).
What is your vision for P & SM:  Strategic positioning at board-level.
Personal best achievement:  Exceeding savings targets two years in a row.
Most important commodities:  Energy (fuel & electricity); Rail spares, maintenance equipment & services
The person that has had the biggest influence on your life:  Archbishop of Oudtshoorn – Bishop Adams
The companies that have had the biggest influence on your career:  Leyland SA; 3M & Engen Petroleum
Person you would most like to meet:  Barack Obama & Nelson Mandela

Businessperson who has impressed you most:  Brian Joffe – Bidvest Group

Your favourite South African organisation:  Bidvest
Your favourite global organisation:  Apple
Your philosophy about life:  ‘Strive for personal happiness and never harbour negativity.’
Favourite reading:  The Art of Possibilities by Rosamund & Benjamin Zander
Favourite music:  Fusion Jazz & 1980’s Old-School Jazz
Favourite sport:  Golf & Formula One
Favourite website:  You Tube
Hobbies:  Harley Davidson rides & Golf
Married:  Lisa-Ann Hosking, married for 3 years.
Children:  Bronwyn (28); Meagon (24); Candice (24); Jade (23) & Lee-Roy (17)

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