Quick-fire Q&A with Wouter Vermeulen

Wouter Vermeulen is the General Manager: Southern African Region at Air France-KLM

Describe your leadership style
Coaching leader

Your top tip to beat procrastination?
Differentiate between what is important and what is urgent. Focus on the important stuff.

Favourite getaway destination?
Amsterdam! I lived there for many years and I am still in love with the city, the canals, the restaurants and the nightlife.

Who or what inspires you?
My wife and kids; colleagues and friends. Actually everyone has something that can inspire me, a different view on things, the way they approach challenges. Generally authenticity or authentic people inspire me a lot.

Your one wish for South Africa?
Get rid of corruption. Corruption undermines progress and the efforts reducing inequality and improving standard of living for all South Africans.

If you could have any 3 people over for dinner, who would they be and what would you serve?
Tiger Woods, Roger Federer and Nikki Lauda. All great sportsman who had amazing comebacks in their careers. I would love to learn more from them about their experiences and how they overcame their challenges. What would I serve them… My grandmother’s (Dutch-)Indonesian rice table. A table full of small harmonised traditional Indonesian dishes.

What advice would you give to aspiring young business starters?
Be brave, be fearless and remember that success is a string of failures without losing your enthusiasm.

What is the one thing most people don’t know about you?
I love to cook! (But hardly ever get to do it at home as my wife out-cooks me easily).

What would you do with an extra hour in your day?
Spend it playing with my 2-year-old son.