I worked for MTN when the company won two licence bids to establish mobile networks in Rwanda and Uganda. Having no knowledge, experience or expertise in the field of expatriate management, I networked with expatriate managers from other companies in South Africa. I also completed the ECA training on expatriate reward. Licence requirements dictated milestones and deadlines which meant the expatriates had to be recruited, prepared and deployed immediately. I developed the policy, reward philosophy, remuneration model, contracts and all processes. The growth of MTN was rapid and consistent, and in ten years they were operating in 21 countries and I had 500 expatriates on assignment. After 11 years with MTN I moved to Lonmin to set up human resources for their new exploration division. I managed 23 expatriates in two countries and a staff of eight staff in the Johannesburg office in South Africa.
After eighteen months Lonmin closed the exploration division due to the crash in the platinum price.
This was the trigger that started my consulting business.
I am passionate about all aspects of this profession.