Job title: Chief executive of European operations.
Year of birth: 1953.
Place of birth: Blackburn, Lancashire.
Career outline: I joined Logicalis as chief executive of European operations in 2003 after more than 25 years in the technology industry. Previously, I was executive vice-president of sales and marketing at Damovo SA. Prior to Damovo, in 1990 I created Siemens Networks Systems [SNSL], the company that subsequently became Omnetica. Over a 10-year period at SNSL, I held a number of senior positions including group managing director responsible for operations across Europe.
What motivates you every morning to get up and work in the channel? The challenge. It’s a dynamic, ever changing marketplace and about the most stimulating place I could ever imagine working. And I need the money.
What has been the most over-hyped technology in the past five years? 3G.
What will be the most underrated technology in the next five years? Collaboration.
Which technology would you most like to have invented? IP. It’s actually changed everything.
Do you have any regrets from your time in the industry? I’ve had a few, but then again.
If you could swap places with anyone in the industry, who would it be? Steve Jobs, chief executive of Apple, to learn the secrets of inventing and continuing to reinvent.
What is the biggest hurdle you have faced in your career? The challenge of building, reorganising and repositioning Logicalis.
What is the biggest success of your career? As above. And the best is yet to come.
What piece of technology could you not live without? My phone.
What would be your advice to anyone starting a career in IT? You’ve picked a great industry. It still has issues with sexism and ageism, but once you get over that it’s meritocratic and one where the rewards of hard work and talent can be great. But don’t focus on the technology alone, always think about what you can do with it for your customers’ benefit.
What is your favorite computer game? Space Invaders.
What would you like for Christmas if you could have anything? A bottle of Petrus 61 and a box of really good cigars.
What is your favorite karaoke song? Any one that someone else is singing.
What would be the title of your autobiography? Ambition, Persistence And Some Lucky Breaks.
Do you have any phobias? Yes. People who don’t try hard and people who are bland.
How many beers before you fall over? 1.
Number of staff you manage? 400.
What is your golf handicap? 7.
What car do you drive? Maserati.
Number of air miles you have? Probably too many to spend.
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