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Brian Kally

Full Name: Brian Kally

Position: CEO of Arrow Logistics

Main Activity of the Company: Transport and distribution

Date and Place of Birth: October 1964, Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal

Education: Transport management diploma

First Job: Clerk

Career History Prior to Current Position: I started as a clerk at Drakensberg Logistics in 1981 before being promoted to transport controller in 1988 and branch manager in 1999. I was transferred to head up the Bloemfontein operations and appointed director in 2001, a position I held until June 2006

Size of First Pay Packet: R150 a month

First Job with Present Group: Owner/manager since July 2006

Value of Assets under Your Control: R50-million

Number of People under Your Leadership: 120

Management Style: Democratic, with a ‘lead by example’ mentality

Personal Best Achievement: Learning to play the guitar and the piano by ear

Professional Best Achievement: Being recognised by the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union as being a ‘fair and integral’ employer

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: The Lord Jesus Christ

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: Drakensberg Logistics CEO Sello Manikum Pillay

Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Cyril Ramaphosa

Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Patrice Motsepe

Philosophy of Life: The only thing permanent is change and never fear to take risks

Biggest Ever Opportunity: After 27 years as an employee, Drakensberg Logistics owner Sello Pillay set me up in my own transport company, Arrow Logistics, to provide a secondary distribution service for the company

Biggest Ever Disappointment: Not studying music

Hope for the Future: I believe we can do all things through Christ, who strengthens us

Favourite Reading: Autobiographies

Favourite TV Programme: eNCA

Favourite Food/Drink: Prawns, savoury rice/passion fruit and lemonade

Favourite Music: Jazz and piano classics

Favourite Sport: Volleyball and swimming

Favourite Website: Flight Centre (holiday destinations)

Hobbies: Playing the piano, writing my book and travelling

Car: Porsche Panamera 4s

Pets: None (I live on a wildlife estate)

Miscellaneous Dislikes: Ungratefulness

Favourite Other South African Company: The South African Post Office

Favourite Foreign Company: Apple

Married: To Tresa Esther since 1988

Children: Alastair Lloyd, 24; Emilio Cohen ,17

Clubs: None

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