Linda de Klerk

Marketing manager, Apple

Linda de Klerk heads up Apple South Africa's marketing strategy. She's also the woman chatting to customers in local Apple stores on random Saturday afternoons and crawling on the shop floor to move around merchandise. It might be daunting to some 25-yearolds to walk into a boardroom of 50-yearold men in suits but De Klerk says it's not as bad as it seems. "If you're confident and you know what you're talking about, its fine,� she says. And clearly, she does. She started at Apple as a trainee and moved up through the ranks to her current position, all within the space of three years. � Ilham Rawoot

Lunch spot: Tasha's, Atholl Square, Johannesburg