I would love to go into aviation . I ’ ve taken flying lessons and even though that ’ s currently on pause , I still believe I will be a pilot one day .
• Collaboration : I always say to my teams that the measurement of success is through team success . Yes , we will always highlight individual wins , but I always strive to celebrate success and progress as a team
• Trust and professionalism : These are the imperative business ( and personal ) values for me . In combination , these two values give me the chance to really develop the teams around me
What is your management philosophy ?
Mentoring , leadership and coaching are all of extreme importance to me . Building a strong foundation of healthy relationships is imperative in this role and the channel .
When you look back at your career , what has been the most memorable achievement ?
Many of them are connected with people and social success . I was a sales manager for many years . I am still a sales manager , because in the end , we are developing the channel to accelerate our sales . But the successes I am proudest of were when my people were recognised for their hard work . This was especially evident when I moved into different roles , because I knew I had developed a team that would continue to succeed .
What made you think of a career in technology ?
I had my first computer during the end of primary school and used it to design websites and limited games . This was my initiation to the IT world . Initially , I was on the perfect path to becoming an accountant , but numbers were not enough for me . They are too
We are rewarding partners who are bringing new opportunities to Citrix . predictable . Technology involves collaborating with other people in a very dynamic market and this human factor is essential to me .
What do you think will be the hot technology talking point of 2021 ?
It won ’ t come as a surprise to anyone that “ hybrid ” is the key word for 2021 . We need to respond to the market demand , which is to give people the option of where they work . That doesn ’ t mean that everyone should necessarily remain remote , but that people should be able to work from home , the office or a third space , depending on what will help them to be most effective on any given day . For me , this is such an exciting time to have joined Citrix , because our Workspace solutions allow people to do their work wherever they want .
Related to this , a crucial second trend is cybersecurity . Many companies and individuals are facing issues regarding security cases and its impact on business . Since we moved to a more virtual space , there are new challenges and businesses need to urgently consider how best to protect themselves , while also providing a good user experience for their employees .
The third aspect is data . There is a lot we can learn from hyper-scalers here , as these big , public cloud providers already know that data is a new currency . How we can use and analyse data is important , especially since companies are collecting so much of it every day . It is important to collaborate with those that know how to use it , because they will be successful .
What are your personal interests and where do you like to spend most of your time after work ?
If you had asked me this question a year and a half ago , I would have said travelling . While that ’ s not been an option , I ’ ve been helping my friends with the interior design of their houses – that ’ s something I really enjoy . And in the longer term , I would love to go into aviation . I ’ ve taken flying lessons and even though that ’ s currently on pause , I still believe I will be a pilot one day . •