Intelligent Tech Channels Issue 17 - Page 61

CHANNEL CHIEF Winning as a team For Veeam in South Africa, Kate Mollett gets the best job satisfaction when her team overcomes market limitations, tough competition, and gets the deal. Describe your current job role? nature so I try to match my style to what I feel is required at the time and that will deliver the best outcome. I have recently joined Veeam as the Regional Manager for Africa South. This territory includes South Africa, the Indian Ocean islands and SADC. What are your personal interests? What gives you great job satisfaction? A team win! When members of the team succeed it is always a good feeling and very satisfying. Our market is so competitive that we have to work harder to gain market share and when we secure a strategic piece of business or a new logo – we celebrate and recognise the achievement. Our market is tough, our competitors are strong and we live in a complex society so to remain energised, focused and passionate, to walk the talk, can be difficult. When you look back at your career what has been the most memorable achievement? I have been very fortunate to work for some of the best organisations in the world – literally. The most memorable moments have certainly had something to do with customer as well as team success and recognition. When I was with EMC, I was part of the Global Field Women in Leadership programme which was a great privilege f rom a recognition and development perspective. Kate Mollett, Regional Manager South Africa, Veeam. I come from a close family so family time is really important. Down time in the evenings with my husband, my two sons and two adorable French bulldogs is good for the soul. I love to cook elaborate dishes so I find time in the kitchen a great way to unwind. I also have huge wanderlust and enjoy travel so I am always planning and dreaming up the next adventure. What first made you think of a career in technology? How do you cope with stress and the demands of a career? I was working for an executive recruitment organisation in 2002 and Dimension Data was one of my accounts. I really enjoyed the passion, camaraderie and energy of the organisation. One day, after pitching a candidate for a role at Dimension Data, the hiring manager asked if I would consider joining them and I was thrilled. It took me two seconds to say yes and I have never looked back. It is not always possible but it is important to try and switch off in the evenings and over the weekends. It is important to always have something to look forward to, something that makes the effort and demands of your career worthwhile, so I find holidays and time with family and friends to be the best medicine. What is your work style as a team leader? Hands-on and democratic. I like to get involved, I enjoy being in the field with our customers and partner community. I believe I have an adaptable and versatile Did you have to overcome any gender bias at any time during your career? No, but I have been fortunate to work for great organisations. Dimension Data, EMC, Microsoft, Puleng and now Veeam are all recognised for their commitment to women and equality in the workplace.  61