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Typical 24: Ilze Dewing, Business Development Director and CFO, Datafox

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ilzeName:  Ilze Dewing

Job title:  Business Development Director and CFO

Company: Datafox  - “Owner of Cibecs desktop and notebook backup solution”

Location: South Africa, Johannesburg

Years’ experience: 10 years


What time do you reach the office each day?  
9 am

Is your job varied?

Is your job creative?

What do you spend the majority of your time doing?
Managing people and problems

Do you personalise your desk?

Would you describe yourself as creative?

Do you have any quirky daily rituals?
Not that I am aware of

Do you tend to work on your own or with colleagues?
I tend to collaborate

How many hours on average do you work a day?
I don’t know, I never switch off

Roughly how much time do you spend each day on email? Taking calls? In meetings?
Probably about 30 minutes; About 1 hour; 3 hours

Do you use social media much for work?
A little LinkedIn

What do you enjoy most about your work?
I love uncovering opportunities to add value to customers and I love learning new things

What type of music (if any) do you listen to at work?
I prefer working in silence

What do you do for lunch?
Eat a sandwich at my desk

Do you socialise with work colleagues?
Not much

Are there any tasks (through your career) you’ve been especially glad to get rid of?
I hated doing time sheets

What is your last task of your day?
Planning for the next day

How do you like to relax after work?
Spend time with my children, watch TV and read

Do you keep checking email through the evening?

Do you take work projects home with you?

What would you say to your 20-year old self?
Attitude is everything

If you could try out any job for a day, what would you choose?
Travel photographer

What device did you use to answer these questions?
My laptop

Do you use your own personal device for work?


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