Graham Palmer graduated from university with a degree in Computer Studies, and worked as an engineer in the telecoms industry before joining Intel, where he has served in a number of roles including CPU and Graphics product marketing, before taking up the position of country manager in 2006.
Palmer follows on from Hot Seats by information commissioner Christopher Graham and Bletchley Park chief executive Iain Standen, as part of a new weekly insight into what makes those in the IT industry tick.
V3: What's your favourite thing about working in the IT industry?
Graham Palmer: I love the fact the IT sector is constantly changing, and this 'buzz' in our industry was reinforced when I attended CES earlier this year. I really think working at Intel means we are at the heart of much of the innovation.
What would you say has been the highlight of your career so far?
Leading Intel's business in the UK is such a privilege. [I get] to work with such smart people both inside Intel and those who are our customers. It is an amazing opportunity. Also earlier in my career, working with the UK press was great fun (most of the time) too. [I got to meet] really interesting people and got to see quite a few bars in London !
What would be your dream job (apart from your current role, of course)
As a Caterham owner, I love cars and motor racing, so somewhere between the two but without the manic travel F1 requires.
Which technology has had the biggest impact on your working life?
My new ultrabook is so thin it's easy to carry around in your bag and the fact that it starts up in about 3 seconds is brilliant. When you want a quick fix of email having that fast start-up is great.
Who is your favourite band/musician?
I love the new album from Emily Sande. Then again back to my Yorkshire roots in the 70's/80's, is Human League, Bowie, Sabbath.
Which mobile phone and/or tablet do you currently use?
Intel gives us the choice to use whatever we want. I cannot live with just a touch screen, and I cannot walk and text at the same time unless I have a keyboard, so it's the BlackBerry for me.
What keeps you awake at night?
I try to not let work related issues [keep me up] as I know for sure you need to be fresh to be at your best. I worry more about what the future of the UK jobs market looks like for kids coming through college.
What was the last book you read, and did you think it was any good?
I'm not a big reader, but I did enjoy the Freakonomics books. I like the twisted view on everyday reality.
Do you prefer e-readers or real books?
To be honest neither. Audio books are for me. It's a total cop out, but I like how they require no effort at all, and they're great to lay on the sunbed and just listen to.
The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?
What do you expect will be the next big innovation in IT?
If only we knew. One thing I have learned over the years is that games consoles will not replace PCs, and that PCs will not replace TV's, but that actually they will complement each other. So, there will be more specialist devices for different situations but they will all talk to each other, have great performances and be connected. At Intel we call this the "Compute Continuum".
Do you prefer Twitter, Google+ or Facebook ?
Facebook. I love the simplicity and ability to keep connected with my family; although sometimes I have to look away.
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