Wannabe full-time golfer and part-time braaimaster Hans de Ridder is Marketing Manager at the Sagitta Group. Originally from Brits, Hans now lives in Tokai and in between juggling marketing commitments across the group's brands, he spends a considerable amount of time making sure fellow marketing team member Alex stays fed.
Full Name: Johannes Petrus de Ridder
Where did you go to University?: University of Pretoria
Position at Sagitta Group: Marketing Manager
What does a typical day look like for you?: It normally comprises implementing or driving whichever campaign or project we are busy with within the group. Ensuring that the implementation of the relevant projects happens and making sure we do not miss a marketing opportunity. We have to be aware of what is happening out in the sporting world and world of our business.
What's the best thing about your job?: The best is just being involved in the sporting industry. Meeting a variety of people and we are involved in numerous events, sporting and otherwise. The effect sport has on people’s lives is always inspirational.
What's your greatest Sagitta Group achievement so far?: There are so many things we achieve as a team / group. It’s difficult to single something out as we all work closely together and have achieved a lot within the sporting industry and there are some wonderful opportunities on the horizon.
What's the most stressful part of your job?: Budget! Otherwise, ensuring that whatever marketing activation we have planned is executed successfully. That - and ensuring my marketing colleague Alex is properly fed – very stressful…
What did you want to be when you were at school?: Don’t think I was ever sure. I just loved sports and did everything.
What are your hobbies?: I’m an athlete in training... I play golf once a year (my aim is to increase it to 365 days) and do a bit of mountain biking. I like reading and balance that out with some game time on the Playstation. And for some reason I always end up doing the braai when I’m with friends - is that a hobby?
What are your favourite sports teams/stars?: If I don’t say the Bulls the whole office will frown upon me.
Tell us something nobody on the Prosport/Sagitta team knows about you: I started my studies at varsity to be a Chemical Engineer (what was I thinking!)
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