The first in our new blog series, we introduce you to the UK and Ireland Country Manager – Paul Routledge. He gives us an all access pass into his favourite past-times, work and family life.
Be sure to stay posted as we get to know the rest of the links that make up D-Link!
Tell us a little bit about your role at D-Link and what your day to day responsibilities look like?
I have been at D-Link for nearly seven years now, which is longer than some governments hang on to power!. My main responsibility is leading a team of professionals to develop the business in the UK and Ireland. This covers both consumer and business channels so, as you can imagine, this role comes with a wide range of responsibilities. On the consumer side we work with customers like Amazon and Ebuyer to supply consumer technology including smart home solutions. On the business side, we work with established System Integrators who integrate our enterprise solutions including Wave 2 WiFi, Fully Managed 52 port switches with Power over Ethernet and IP Surveillance Surveillance range.
Aside from customer facing activities I am privileged to lead the UKI team and focus on developing this talented team of individuals to create a sustainable and profitable business.
What is your proudest – none work/academic related- achievement?
Without a doubt the proudest moment of my life is that Jenny, my wife, actually agreed to marry me and have kids with me. I’m still amazed now. It amazes me every day.
If you were a chocolate bar which one would you be and why?
A bounty. For a few reasons, firstly, like myself, it’s no nonsense. It’s exactly as you’d expect when you see the wrapper. It’s not too sweet but is full of energy. Finally, it comes as two separate bars so you can have some now and some later when you need it. I identify with that as it’s very practical!
If you could create a new technological device that could do anything what would it be and why?
A teleportation device so I could wake up at home, have breakfast with the family and then beam to work and back again. I commute from Yorkshire to London so it would save me a lot of time and frustrations stuck on the M1 or on delayed trains.
What would be the soundtrack to your life?
I think it’s hard to pin point one soundtrack as I think it changes as you go through life. At the moment, for example, Dominic the Donkey, mixed with the Minecraft theme tune and the sound of my youngest asking me what my favourite super hero is comes to mind. A sort of remix if you like. In all seriousness, when I need to get my head in the game I usually listen to an album called Nightbook by Ludovico Einaudi, so if I had to pick it would be that.
If you had to trade places/ positions with someone in the office for a day who would it be and why?
It would be our Technical Sales specialist, Sam who we are training to be a technical Account Manager. Part of his time is spent selling but he is also very hands of with the technology. He is also at a point in his career where everything is new and exciting.
Where is your favourite place in the world to visit?
In general, I just like being outside, from being in the mountains to being on the moors near home or even on the islands in Scotland. Anywhere that has a lot of space really.
Do you have any hobbies?
I like to keep fit, running, walking, cycling. I’m not passionate about any particular sport but like I said I just enjoy being outside and to keep myself fit so I can spend as much time with my family as possible.
If you could go back and give your younger self one piece of advice what would it be?
Chill out, enjoy life, it will be right! Mainly, it will be right. That has been a phrase I’ve held on to throughout my life. Even when the kids arrived as these little ‘things’ that we were so scared of, it was always the voice in the back of my mind that kept me going. And I was true – it is right and they are brilliant.