After Hours: John Robert Pearson

Arabian Computer News delves below the corporate strategy to understand what really makes the region’s IT leaders tick.

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After Hours: John Robert Pearson John Robert Pearson, senior project manager, STME.
By Staff Writer Published  January 13, 2013

Arabian Computer News delves below the corporate strategy to understand what really makes the region’s IT leaders tick.

John Robert Pearson, senior project manager, STME


Nationality: British
Number of years in the industry: 35
Favourite food: Curry
Holiday destination: Thailand
Music: Music from 60’s, 70’s and 80’s
Dream car: Jaguar
Gadget: Samsung S3
Piece of advice: Think of others!

How did you end up in your current business role?

I started in the IT industry with IBM as a customer engineer in 1977 in the UK, before progressing into large systems with IBM, both hardware and software. An opportunity arose in 1996 to move to Saudi Business Machines, where I was the account coordinator for large customers. I was based initially in Damman.

STME came along in 1999 and offered me a job as services manager in Riyadh, where I supported EMC storage and STK Tape Technologies. I then moved to Kuwait in 2003 with STME, to become the services manager for Kuwait, where I stayed until 2007 when I moved to Qatar as service manager.

In 2008, STME asked me to move to Dubai as a project manager, and this year I was asked by the CEO to set up a Project Management Office for STME.

What is your management philosophy?

I am a great believer in team work. It is crucial, especially in Project Management, where one single person cannot do it all alone and has to rely on his colleagues to work as a team to ensure a successful completion of the project at hand.

What was your first computer?

It was a Sinclair ZX81 in 1981.

What is your greatest achievement?

To gain the trust of the new CEO of STME, Ayman Al Bayaa, to have the confidence in asking me to set up the PMO for the company.

What is your biggest mistake?

Everyone makes mistakes, some are small but on occasions they tend to become a bigger issue. The main thing is that you have to accept these mistakes and learn from them especially as an engineer where your mistakes can have a major impact on the customers systems.

What is your fondest memory of working in the IT industry in the Middle East?

Being in the Middle East for the last sixteen years, I have seen major changes within the region. Not only seeing the growth in the industry, but also within the working culture. The Middle East in general is such a multicultural region, that it is interesting in understanding cultural differences and seeing them all working together.

What emerging technology do you think will have the biggest impact on the market in 2012?

Cloud technology, it is the global hot topic and it gives everyone the opportunity to access data from where ever they are.It is extremely cost effective and gives businesses more flexibility in the services they offer their end users.

What’s the best way to deal with stress?

Being a sports fan, I unwind watching football and golf.

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