Who is Baronice Hans?
I was born and raised in Windhoek. I am happily married with two daughters and a son. I also have an amazing stepdaughter. My parents live in Walvis Bay. I have three younger brothers and a very loving mix of aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces who are very dear to me. Lastly I have four very enthusiastic dogs.
Give us a brief background journey of your education and professional background.
I am a Chartered Accountant by profession and graduated with a B Com from the University of Cape Town. Thereafter I completed an Honours Degree in Accounting Science through the University of South Africa. Before being appointed as Managing Director of Bank Windhoek, I was employed at Standard Bank Namibia for seven years. During this time, I held the position of Executive Director and Head Personal and Business Banking for six years. I worked for NamPower after completing my articles with Ernst &Young, for seven years of which I spent the last four years as General Manager: Finance, Treasury and Property Management prior to joining Standard Bank.
Who inspires you in business? And why?
I am inspired by leaders who constantly challenge the status quo and who think unconventionally, like Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin Group. God fearing leaders who are successful but caring with unquestionable ethics and who are approachable truly inspire me. Our First Lady, Monica Geingos, is an absolute inspiration and sets a great example as an entrepreneurial and courageous leader. I have great admiration for her.
I also believe that God must be involved in all areas of our lives including business life.
Which Boards do you serve on?
I have served on the Boards of NORED, Namfisa, Fisheries Observer Agency, PowerCom, Standard Bank Namibia, Stanlib, Liberty Life, Tunga Real Estate Fund and the Expanded Infrastructure Fund, Standard Insurance Brokers Namibia and Stanfin.
I am currently serving as a director on the Board of Bank Windhoek, Capricorn Asset Management, Welwitschia Insurance Brokers and BW Finance.
What is your preferred management style?
I like to think of myself as an inclusive and collaborative leader. I believe that before we lead we must learn to serve. I like to see the people I lead grow and develop and believe that the essence of leadership is to create an enabling environment that brings out the best in people but one that is underpinned by the core values and ethics.
What do you do when you are not working?
I love reading and researching new trends and developments in both banking and the business world at large. Spending quality time with my family is very important to me therefore I do this as much as I can.
What are you reading at the moment?
I am currently reading two books which are part the Harvard Business Review’s books on Leadership and Innovation and I am finishing off
Michael D. Watkins “The first 90 days”.
What is your favourite leadership quote?
I have a few, but the one that has inspired me of late is” I never lose. I either win or learn” by Nelson Mandela.