Leadership Profile: Nicholas Rhoda of Metropolitan Holdings Limited

This month SmartProcurement profiles Nicholas Rhoda from Metropolitan Holdings Limited.

Full name:  Nicholas Rhoda
Position:  Head: Group Procurement
Your organisations’ procurement spend:  R1 billion
Who does P & SM report to:  Executive Manager: Group Services
Private sector OR Public sector:  Private Sector
Core business activity of the enterprise:  Financial

Number of people in your P & SM organisation:  8 P & SM staff (7,000 people in organisation)
Management motto:  ‘Together We Buy Better.’
Membership of professional bodies:  The Institute of Purchasing & Supply South Africa (IPSA)
What is your vision for P & SM:  Getting best value underpinned by corporate governance.
Personal best achievement:  Establishing and re-enforcing the governance around procurement.
Most important commodities:  All commodities are important.
The person that has had the biggest influence on your life:  Jesus Christ, after which comes my wife, Zelna.
The person that has had the biggest influence on your career:  Jesus Christ, after which comes my boss, Ilse Coetzee.
Person you would most like to meet Nelson Mandela

Businessperson who has impressed you most:  Bill Gates

Your favourite South African organisation:  ABSA
Your favourite global organisation:  W.H.O.
Your philosophy about life:  ‘Nothing is what it seems.’
Favourite reading:  Fiction:  Left Behind Series
Favourite music:  Golden Oldie Classics
Favourite sport:  Soccer
Favourite website:  Google
Hobbies:  Reading, theorising & contemplating about mysteries & the unexplained.
Car:  Toyota Corolla
Married:  Zelna – happily married for a looong time!
Children:  Kaylin (16), Courtney (12), Brittany (11) and Jordyn (5).

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