Samantha Mudd

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Samantha Mudd

Managing director, Phoenix Software 

Which tech figurehead do you admire the most?

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and author of Lean In. She is just a lean, mean, fighting machine who ‘gets what matters in life', in my opinion.

What's the biggest challenge facing the industry no-one is talking about yet?

Women at board level; there are not enough female chief executives! Not enough Sheryl Sandbergs in IT, or Sam Mudds - come on girls, where are you? Put yourselves forward more, and have a seat at the table.

If you could invite three famous people to dinner, who would they be?

Warren Buffett (I am a secret Buffett groupie), Nelson Mandela and Christopher Columbus. 

How has 2017 been for you?

Pretty good all round on all aspects (health, happiness and job satisfaction) and the future is looking great for Phoenix and all its staff. Bring on 2018!

What's the most extravagant business lunch you've ever had?

I don't have them. I live in Yorkshire and I am married to a Yorkshireman (hence my surname Mudd), and unless someone else is paying, I don't do extravagance. 

Which global city best matches your personality?

Speightstown in Barbados. OK, so it's not a city, but it's the local area we hang out in once a year when we visit family. The vibe is positive, and people are all happy and great to be around. That's what I hope people get about my personality - especially when I have had a Pina Colada or two.

What would be your super-hero power?

Starting life all over again at the age of 21 and redoing it one more time - just the same way, but with a bit more wisdom under my belt.

Complete this sentence. The worst thing about our rivals is… nothing. I love competition.

What makes you nervous?

Being at sea for too long. God didn't make my body to cope with seasickness the way he did other people.

If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Pina Colada - with lots of fruit hanging off the side of the glass. 

Sum up the channel in three words

Frenetic, cloud obsessive.

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