Job title: Chief executive.
Year of birth: 1960.
Place of birth: Wambrook.
Career outline: I have a history of building pan-European technology companies, either as domestic start-ups or as subsidiaries of US organisations. My role has included leading these businesses through acquisitions.
What motivates you every morning to get up and work in the channel? I enjoy the challenges of building a successful business, both from a technical and commercial perspective. Also working with other channel partners creates interesting relationships that require considerable thought to work.
What has been the most over-hyped technology in the past five years? Flat-screen TV.
What will be the most underrated technology in the next five years? Radio frequency identification.
Which technology would you most like to have invented? A cloaking device to hide my car from speed cameras.
Do you have any regrets from your time in the industry? I wish that I had started my own company earlier rather than continue to work for others.
What is the biggest hurdle you have faced in your career? One of the biggest challenges has been to recruit the right people to work in a challenging and rapidly growing organisation. Fortunately, we have a great team able to rise to the challenges.
What is the biggest success of your career? To have met the novel challenges created by the Open Source and Linux markets. To capitalise on these challenges and create a credible and sustainable company in the Linux world.
What piece of technology could you not live without? I think my phone might have to be surgically removed.
What would be your advice to anyone starting a career in IT? Make sure you have other interests in your life.
What would you like for Christmas if you could have anything? World peace and a Lamborghini Murcielago LP640.
What is your favorite karaoke song? White Riot, by the Clash.
Do you have any phobias? No.
How many beers before you fall over? 0.
Number of staff you manage? 30.
What is your golf handicap? 10.
What car do you drive? BMW 645 Convertible.
Number of air miles you have? 50,000.
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