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The V3 Hot Seat: Pentaho chief executive Quentin Gallivan

01 Jan 2013

Pentaho chief executive Quentin GallivanQuentin Gallivan has served as the chairman and chief executive of analytics and business intelligence firm Pentaho since joining the company in 2011.

Prior to taking the reigns at Pentaho, Gallivan worked with the likes of Verisign and Postini.

Gallivan follows the likes of Google UK's Thomas Davies, Fujitsu UK chief Duncan Tait and IFS chief technology officer Dan Matthews in V3's Hot Seat interview series. 

V3: What would be your dream job, apart from your current role, of course? 

Quentin Gallivan: The general manager of the San Francisco Giants.

Which mobile phone and tablet do you currently use?

I have a BlackBerry phone because I can’t use the soft keys on the iPhone. I also have an iPad, because you can never have enough gadgets.

Which person do you most admire in the IT industry?

I had the pleasure of sitting next to Elon Musk (the co-founder of PayPal, Telsa Motors and most recently, Space-X) at a dinner a year ago. When you talk about big picture strategy in the tech industry, nothing is bigger than space travel.

Which technology has had the biggest impact on your working life?

The Netscape browser, because being part of the Netscape team launched my career in internet world.

What’s been the highlight of your career so far?

Going public with VeriSign.

What was your first job?

I was a grocery clerk

What’s your favourite thing about working in the IT industry?

The impact that a small, highly focused team can have on creating new markets.

What will be the next big innovation of the coming years?

Other than big data analytics? I can’t think of anything bigger.

What was the last book you read and was it any good?

The Team of Rivals by Doris Goodwin. The book is about [previous US president] Lincoln picking his cabinet from candidates he ran against and making it work. It's a great example of bi-partisan politics actually working that we could draw inspiration from today.

Who is your favourite band/musician?


Where’s your favourite holiday destination, or favourite place for escape?


Do you prefer e-readers or real books?

I like e-readers, the Kindle app on the iPad

Twitter, Facebook or Google+?

I am a heavy Facebook users and also use a little bit of Twitter.

The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?

The Beatles

Favourite film?

The Godfather

Windows or Mac OS?


On-premise or cloud?

Depends on use case and application - I do both

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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