Hendrik B. du Plooy

Hendrik relocated from South Africa to Ireland in March 2018 and joined Capgemini. Hendrik has more than 20 years director level experience and is passionate about the need for organisations to have strong strategic goals and objectives. He helps companies innovate by defining and executing technology strategy, as well as manage associated technology risk. He is open to the right N.E.D opportunities.     

What has been your career highlight to date?

As CIO for a large South African Bank, by utilising leading edge technologies, I helped the organisation reduce risk and achieve a competitive advantage over its rivals.    

What qualities do you need to succeed in business?

In order to succeed in this highly competitive world, you need to be goal orientated, flexible, able to solve problems, manage risk and whilst being calm and firm, effectively balance the needs of all stakeholders.

Who or what are your main influences?

There is no single entity that influence the way that I think, I use the positive traits of others that I admire, and then use that base for rational thinking and decision making. The current rate of expansion of the human race will create opportunities as well as local and global challenges; I am largely influenced by the idea of creating a better world for all.  

What is the most challenging part of your role?

The world is ever changing, we need to constantly adapt or we will be left behind. People generally do not like change and therefore resist change. The most challenging aspect of my role is to instil a sense of urgency for change and that; change is inevitable and constant. “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” Henry Ford

What, in your view, is the biggest challenge facing directors in Ireland today?

Uncertainty around the Irish economy is leading to a fear of large long term capital commitments. This is slowing down growth by creating a conservative approach to change. (Lowered risk / reward appetite).  “What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.” Buddha

What, in your opinion, makes a great leader?

Great leaders are ones that can apply the right leadership style to positively influence others.

What do you hope to gain from your membership with the IoD?

I am looking for N.E.D opportunities where I can help company boards with their technology strategies and oversight of technology risk.  

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