Taking the Reins: Jean-Claude Tchatchouang

Taking the Reins: Jean-Claude Tchatchouang

Jean-Claude Tchatchouang

Position: Chief financial officer, Application Technologies Inc., Bethesda, Md.

First day on the new job: Aug. 15

Age: 41

Hometown: Yaounde, Cameroon

Home now: Potomac, Md.

Family: Wife, three daughters,
one son

Most recently read book: "A Beautiful Mind : A Biography of John Forbes Nash Jr., Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, 1994," by Sylvia Nasar


Authors: Paulo Cohelo, Brazilian author of "The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream," and Andre Comte-Sponville, a French philosopher

Actors: Harrison Ford ("especially in the Indiana Jones trilogy") and Robert DeNiro

Hobby: Wine lover

Music/CD/artist: World Music: "Joko" ("The Link"), Youssou N'Dour (Senegalese); New Age: "The Visit," Loreena McKennitt; Jazz: "Blue Hour: The Complete Sessions," Stanley Turrentine

Quote: "Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up knowing it must run faster than the fastest lion or be killed. Every morning, a lion wakes up knowing it must outrun the slowest gazelle or starve to death. It doesn't matter whether you are a gazelle or a lion; when the sun comes up, you had better be running." Arthur Blank, president and COO of Home Depot.

Best career advice you ever received: "Never take your position for granted, and never let any favors you receive go to your head."

Education: Statistic engineer degree (equivalent to bachelor's degree), National Institute of Statistics, Yaounde, Cameroon
Master's of business administration with concentration in economics and finance, University of Yaounde, Cameroon

Master of arts, international economics and finance, Brandeis University, Boston

Career Background:

1982-1986: Accounting manager, Central Bank of Central African States, Yaounde

1986-1992: Chief monetary statistics division, Central Bank of Central African States

1992-1995: Economist, International Monetary Fund, Washington

1995-1998: Economist, The World Bank, Washington

1999-March 2000: Financial consultant, Barents (KPMG)/Q4, Washington

April-August: Comptroller, The Mitchell Group, Washington

What do you see as your first order of business?
"To develop a plan to guide Application Technologies into a healthy global expansion with an eye toward a potential IPO."

What is the biggest change for you in taking this new role?
"Moving from a very stable environment to an environment where things change almost every day."

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