Job title Country manager.
Year of birth 1971.
Place of birth Milan, Italy.
Career outline I joined Acer Italy in 1999 as corporate dealer account manager. Since then I have managed commercial desktop and servers in Italy and then in Spain for a short while. I joined Acer UK in 2005 as new business manager and now I’m in charge of the entire UK operations.
What motivates you every morning to get up and work in the channel? The knowledge that every day I will learn more.
What has been the most over-hyped technology in the past five years? Intel Centrino.
What will be the most underrated technology in the next five years? The ability to be connected and to use the laptop up to five or six hours.
Which technology would you most like to have invented? The ability to be connected everywhere at a reasonable cost and a further improvement of the battery life. The one that lets you have 25 hours in a day and eights days in a week (one more Sunday)
Do you have any regrets from your time in the industry? A lot, but I’ve forgot them all.
If you could swap places with anyone in the industry, who would it be? Steve Jobs, chief executive of Apple, because being a genius is something that you can’t learn.
What is the biggest hurdle you have faced in your career? In the early years, convincing the Hewlett-Packard VARs to work with us.
What is the biggest success of your career? Becoming the second-largest desktop (not notebook) vendor in Italy.
What piece of technology could you not live without? The fridge – I hate warm drinks – and my mobile phone, I need to be reachable; and the wireless LAN.
What would be your advice to anyone starting a career in IT? Be different, think about the end-user needs and take some risks.
What is your favorite computer game? Ghost Recon.
What would you like for Christmas if you could have anything? I won’t give any help to my girlfriend.
What is your favorite karaoke song? My Way, by Frank Sinatra.
What would be the title of your autobiography? Take Your Time Is Not My Style.
Do you have any phobias? No.
How many beers before you fall over? 5.
Number of staff you manage? 35.
What is your golf handicap? 25.
What car do you drive? BMW 535d.
Number of air miles you have? 110,000.
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