Company: Avnet Technology Solutions.
Job title: Vice-president and northern region managing director.
Place of birth: East Midlands.
Year of birth: 1953.
Marital status: Single.
Career highlights: Being the first female on a Board of Directors when 26 years old. Becoming vice-president at Avnet five years ago. Being part of an innovating team, empowered to make decisions that ultimately affect people's lives, careers and aspirations. Putting people first, enabling people with drive to believe in themselves, to have the confidence to stretch themselves further than they thought possible. It is an honour to have worked for two of the most powerful IT distributors: Computer 2000 and all it taught me in a fast-moving broadline environment, and Avnet where value-add is totally different. My educational degree in sociology was instrumental in helping to get the best from people. People make the difference to take your company from good to awesome. Avnet has those people in abundance at all levels.
What do you love most about the IT industry? It's fast-moving, forward-thinking, always changing. It's always a challenge to ensure both you, your teams, your infrastructure and offerings are what the market is looking for, to strive towards excellence and to exceed expectations and yearly plans.
Which company do you most admire or respect in the IT business? Microsoft (for innovation).
Which individual do you most admire or respect in the IT business? Bill Gates.
What is the biggest technology trend you anticipate in the next 12 months? Anything wireless.
What is the one thing working in the technology industry has taught you? Never give up. You can always be better.
Where do you think the channel will be in five years time? Further acquisitions in the VAR and vendor market. Fewer distributors, but more expert ones. Eroding margins in hardware. More solutions, especially driven with specific partnerships around ISVs. Smaller footprints. Technology at all levels becoming more affordable. More online volume purchasing with little value.
Which do you think is the most influential vendor in the UK? Microsoft.
Which do you think is the most influential ISV in the UK? Oracle.
Which vendor's technology do you think has changed the face of IT? Microsoft.
How do you unwind or spend your spare time? Reading, dinner parties, cooking, spending time with my family. Staying fit.
Where is your favourite place to eat? The French Horn in Berkshire.
What is your favourite drink? Champagne.
What is your favourite TV programme or film? The History Channel.
Who is your favourite musician, band, artist or genre? Annie Lennox, Phil Collins.
What is your favourite book? The Kennedy Dynasty.
What career would you have pursued if you hadn't worked in the channel? Teacher.
What has been your greatest business achievement? Continued respect from my peers, and almost always exceeding expectations on profitability.
What is your personal ambition? I'm now on the verge of taking early retirement to write my first forensic work, complete my first children's book, and to spend quality time with my family after 28 years in the IT Industry.
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