James Napp

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James Napp

Managing director, Bechtle UK

What was your dream career as a child?

Becoming a professional footballer. It's fairly safe to say that it is starting to drift out of reach.

What has been your personal highlight of 2019?

Watching my children grow and develop different skills and quirks.

Which famous person deserves a (gentle) slap?

I'd never really advocate violence, but Gregg Wallace springs to mind for some reason.

What two things (apart from family) would you grab if your house was on fire?

My old photo albums and then the garden hose!

Which of your 2019 predictions have come to pass?

It's a boring answer, but I honestly can't remember making any.

What TV show have you binge watched this year?

TV shows aren't really my thing. Amazon Prime tennis coverage has been great value though.

How has 2019 been from a business perspective?

Exciting. There's so much opportunity and so many new areas to develop solutions for and to grow into.

What annoys you most about your commute?

The mobile signal cuts out going through the dips just before South Wraxall on the return leg.

If you could witness one past event, what would it be?

To be a spectator, knowing what we know now, at the very dawn of time.

How do you explain the channel to people?

Using three circles and a few lines.

What have been your favourite and least favourite partner conference destinations?

Barcelona is always a great destination - it's close, warm with great food. My least favourite: Houston.

What is the biggest challenge facing the channel in 2020?

Not letting the tailwind of digital transformation and subsequent stellar growth lead to any complacency in terms of continued investment into good people and technical resources.

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