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Matt Richards, Marketing Director at Lactalis South Africa

This week we caught up with Lactalis South Africa Marketing Director Matt Richards to find out more about his life outside the office…

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Where do you live, work and play?

I’m in Cape Town, downtown, and our office is in Stellenbosch

What’s really behind your selfie?

A very happy person after a long week of selling cheese, yoghurt and milk!

Bizcommunity Tell us a few of your favorite few things.

The outdoors (hiking, running), road trips and seeing new places, spending time with family and friends, drinking Steri Stumpie and eating SA’s No1 cheese, Parmalat, reading, listening to podcasts and try to become a better cook!

Describe your career so far.

After studying at UCT, I started at Nielsen, which was a great place to learn all about the FMCG world.

Then I went to the UK and worked at Unilever for five years in brand management. I have now been with Lactalis (Parmalat) for 11 years, working across the business in various marketing and sales roles.

I currently oversee the marketing and trade marketing activities of the company. And I have a fantastic team – I think we do some really great things.

What are you streaming/reading/listening to right now?

i just read Never split the difference by Christopher Voss. He was the FBI’s chief hostage negotiator and he’s got some great negotiating tips! I also really like Malcolm Gladwell’s. Revisionist history podcast, and I’m watching the new season of Narcos!

What is your favorite gif?

Anything with Dwight from the office!

If we took your phone and went through it now, what would we find?

Too many photos of the dairy shelf.

Do you have any secret talents?

If I told you, it wouldn’t be a secret

What are some of your best shedding survival tips?

Stock up on Parmalat Custard because at least you’ll have dessert!