This week in the V3 Hot Seat, we have Marc Godin, vice president and general manager for the UK and Ireland at Lenovo.
Godin has served in this position since April 2012, the same year that the firm celebrated the 20th anniversary of the iconic ThinkPad brand of laptops and now tablets. Prior to this, he was vice president for Enterprise & Public Sector at Lenovo’s Western Europe organisation, and general manager for the firm's Worldwide Enterprise Business Unit. He also spent 18 years with IBM, where he served in various sales and executive roles.
Godin takes to the V3 Hot Seat following Dell EMEA president Aongus Haggarty and Cisco UK chief technology officer Ian Foddering.
V3: What would be your dream job?
I would love to be a jet fighter pilot – every boy’s childhood dream. I grew up in France when military service was still compulsory; and while some of my friends got this dream job, I didn’t have the 20:20 vision to do it unfortunately.
Which mobile phone and tablet do you currently use?
I use a BlackBerry and wouldn’t be without it. My tablet of choice of course is a Lenovo ThinkPad tablet – although my kids always end up using it more than I do.
Which person do you most admire in the IT industry?
It’s almost impossible to pinpoint one person I admire more than any other. For me there are a number of channel partners that are run by individual entrepreneurs that have survived what is a very tough market over many years. They are constantly reinventing themselves and adapting – and growing very successful businesses out of it too.
Which technology has had the biggest impact on your working life?
There is no question that it’s the combination of email and smartphone. I honestly wonder how we survived without them.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
I have been in the IT industry for a number of years and as a result have experienced the good times and the bad. So my highlight would be being part of those ‘challenging times’ and coming out the other side leading a truly recovered business.
What was your first job?
I started out selling PCs for IBM, and have come full circle to where I am now I guess. But I’ve been involved in selling servers, storage, software and services along the way.
What’s your favourite thing about working in the IT industry?
That we are constantly facing new challenges and opportunities, new technologies, new competitors, new routes to market and so on. The industry keeps us on our toes by constantly challenging what we know.
Madeline Bennett is editor of V3 and The INQUIRER. Previously, she was editor of IT Week. Prior to becoming a journalist, Madeline was an English teacher at a London secondary school. Madeline is a regular technology commentator on TV and radio, including Sky, BBC and CNN.