'I shovelled mushroom manure': 25 CRN A-listers reveal their first jobs

Doug Woodburn
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'I shovelled mushroom manure': 25 CRN A-listers reveal their first jobs

Amid the current debate over bringing fresh talent into the industry, it is intriguing to note that most of the 125 top executives featured in the recent CRN A-list 2023 did not count a position in the tech channel or industry as their first job.

In fact, only 19 went straight into IT in one capacity or another.

OK, this does include Saturday jobs and paper-rounds. But even so, it's interesting to reflect that our century-and-a-quarter of power players weren't always destined for a top job in the channel.

From detasseling corn and muck spreading, to selling men's underwear, here we round up some of the funniest and most interesting first jobs cited by our 125 industry luminaries. Find out more about the A-list here.

Neil Thompson, CEO, Daisy Group

In a factory putting tiny Ian Botham statues in Cornflake packets for kids to drop into their bowls of milk.

Read Thompson's full A-list profile here

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