Doug Smollan

B Com (Wits), Master’s in Business Leadership (UNISA)

Doug is the Chairman of the Smollan Group, which was founded by Doug’s father, Fred Smollan, in 1931 and which roughly employs 60 000 people and has a presence in 5 continents.  Doug served as President of Young Presidents Organisation Worldwide in 94/95, the second Non- American in 50 years at that time and continues to be an active WPO/YPO member.  He has also served on the board of Business Against Crime and is currently on the Board of the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa, Vriesenhof Wine Estate and Stellenbosch Vineyards.  He also has varied wild life and conservation interests in Inyati Game Lodge, Monkey Land, Jukani and Birds of Eden.  Doug is also a student of Swamiji Parthasarathy of the Vendanta since 1996.  Doug and Carolyn have been married for 45 years and are blessed with 3 sons, David, Paul and Michael, their spouses and 3 grandsons. The family is the centre of Doug’s life.  Doug is an avid traveler and has a passion for wine and wildlife.  He lives by the mottos “Life’s for real, it ain’t no rehearsal” and “If you are green you grow, if you are ripe you rot”.

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