I was interested in the auto industry because of its complexity in terms of the value chain and it being an important part of people's lives.
Q: What was your first automotive job and why were you interested in the industry?
A: I started in 2000 as a consultant at BMW Group. I was interested in the auto industry because of its complexity in terms of the value chain and it being an important part of people's lives.
Q: GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT?
A: Teaming with my former colleagues to help develop and implement a strategic plan that made Rolls-Royce Motor Cars a sustainable and profitable company.
Q: BIGGEST FAILURE AND WHAT IT TAUGHT YOU?
A: Trying to roll out an intellectually flawless but overly complex financial management system.
Q: WHAT ABOUT THE AUTO INDUSTRY SURPRISED YOU?
A: The combination of an intellectually interesting, complex value chain with a very emotional product that plays an important role in people's lives.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT CHALLENGE AT WORK?
A: To continue Aston Martin's decade-long success story for another 10 years.
Q: WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?
A: I learned that management is the art of being 'reasonably unreasonable' and living examples of this were provided by (BMW sales boss) Ian Robertson and (Aston Martin CEO) Ulrich Bez.
Q: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A PERSON CONSIDERING A CAREER IN THE AUTO INDUSTRY?
A: Find your functional role and do every job as well as you can without thinking about the next one.
Q: IF YOU WERE CEO OF A COMPANY WHAT WOULD YOU DO FIRST?
A: What one ought to do in any position: Understand where one would want to be, see where the organization is and map out the way to where it ought to be.
Q: WHAT JOB DO YOU REALLY WANT TO HAVE IN THE FUTURE?
A: I have been in my job for seven months and generally tend to focus on my current task rather than thinking about the next one. Thankfully, it is pretty good fun and quite exciting as it stands.
Q: WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX?
A: Spend time with my family, play golf badly and drive my classic cars.
Q: FIRST CAR?
A: 1970 VW Beetle convertible.
Q: CURRENT CARS?
A: Aston Martin DB9, two 1950s British classic cars.