We recently caught up with Gigi, our Sales & Marketing Director who oversees a number of different countries in Southern Europe. He talks about the importance of self discipline, listening and how he keeps the balance of work and play.
Tell us a little bit about your role at D-Link and what your day to day responsibilities look like?
I co-ordinate in a number countries in Southern Europe with the addition of UK & Ireland. This involves travelling a lot, understanding lots of different channels and working with an abundance of people. I spend a lot of time ensuring that Marketing guidelines are implemented at a local level, whilst finding a compromise between all these different lifestyles to push a consistent company-wide message and allow room for localisation to maximise success. One size fits all very rarely works in my job, it is about listening to what each individual business unit needs and prioritising the next steps.
What is your proudest – none work/academic related- achievement?
Considering that when I was younger I hated running, I have been able to train myself to run a marathon and, more recently, a half Iron Man. This required a lot of self-discipline to be able to find the time in-between an extremely busy family, work and other commitments so I am proud to of achieved this.
If you were a chocolate bar which one would you be and why?
Dark chocolate – the reason being, when you first eat dark chocolate you probably won’t like it because you’re used to all the sweetness of milk and sugar that is usually surrounding it. However, dark chocolate is chocolate in its purest form, it is what it is, like it or not!
If you could create a new technological device that could do anything what would it be and why?
I would create a time machine because I think our lives have become very hectic. We tend to miss important moments not realising how precious they are at first, but I would like to be able to go back and relive those. Maybe, in the form of an app where you get to re-live one moment a month.
What would be the soundtrack to your life?
Bruce Springsteen! I grew up listening to him and I remember going to his first concert in Milan in 1985 at the San Siro stadium. My parents didn’t want me to go because I was so young but I had been listening him for so long on my cassette, they couldn’t say no. His music also helped me when I was learning the English language, he has a very story-telling style to his lyrics which made me have a greater understanding.
If you had to trade places/ positions with someone in the office for a day who would it be and why?
I would love to be a pre-sales engineer for the day because I got my master’s degree in telecommunications engineering. I left a lot of those technical aspects behind when I stepped into Sales and Marketing, but it is always something I have been passionate about.
Where is your favourite place in the world to visit?
To visit it would be the Maldives, without a doubt the most beautiful place I have visited. It’s the perfect retreat.
However, my favourite place to be is at home. I spend a lot of my life traveling in and out of hotels, so normality is very rare for me.
Do you have any hobbies?
Yes, as I mentioned before I run a lot, it keeps me fit and calm. Also, a recent hobby I’ve taken up, thanks to my brother in law, is piano lessons. It’s always something I’ve wanted to do and it complements the physicality of running with a more mentally challenging way to spend time.
If you could go back and give your younger self one piece of advice what would it be?
Try to listen to everyone and put yourself in their shoes. Listening is important but understanding is even more so. Stay curious, stay hungry and never give up. I believe that behind every evolution; there is curiosity.
Tell us an interesting fact/ joke/ your favourite quote/poem
It’s a town full of losers and I’m pulling out of here to win [Thunder Road – 1975]