Darren Roos’s appointment as CEO of Swedish software company IFS adds credence to the theory that SA punches above its weight in the global tech arena."I think that in most of the developed world — Europe and the US particularly — there is a very robust social welfare system and because of this, if you don’t get a job and make a success of it after leaving school, you don’t usually end up on the streets," says Roos, who took the helm of IFS — which specialises in enterprise resource planning software — in April."As South Africans we grow up knowing that our fate is in our hands, and we are accountable for that. As a result, we develop a very good work ethic early on and have a strong sense of accountability.Those two things are great ingredients for a successful career."Roos says he tends to hire a lot of South Africans from IFS’s competitors. This is not by design, he adds, but rather because SA tends to breed strong candidates.His company, headquartered in Linköping, a small city ...

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