After Hours: David McCay

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Tags: CommVault Systems Incorporated
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After Hours: David McCay David McCay, Enterprise Solutions Engineer, CommVault.
By Staff Writer Published  July 17, 2014

This month: David McCay, Enterprise Solutions Engineer, CommVault.


Nationality: Welsh
Number of years in the industry: 12
Favourite food: Italian
Holiday destination: Iceland
Music: Indie – Stereophonics, Image Dragons etc.
Dream car: Ferrari 458 Italia Spider
Gadget: Nike Fuel — we all need a reminder to get motivated sometimes
Movie/book: Rocky IV – Perseverance and Hard work always pays off eventually
Piece of advice: Have a plan! Whatever you want to get in life whether it is a career advancement, lifestyle change or a Ferrari… have a plan you can deliver on and drive it through.

How did you end up where you are now?

I joined Dell as part of a graduate scheme in 2004 working in the UK public sector business. After working with CommVault on several large framework and enterprise projects, I chose to join them. Since I was looking after the EMEA region it made perfect sense to relocate to Dubai. The weather is a bonus too from the cold and wet of Wales!

What is your management philosophy?

Always lead by example, and with a carrot! I have always found that motivation of your employees in the right ways that benefit them can deliver all the goals of the company.

What was your first computer?

BBC Micro – 1991. Our primary school had just got one of these as its first computer (a little behind the times in Wales).We just used it for playing games off 5-inch floppy disks…

What is your greatest achievement?

My greatest achievement so far is helping build the organisation I work for into an effective force within the emerging markets of EMEA. I would also like to think that my greatest achievements are still ahead of me as I permanently strive to take my career and life in new directions that challenge my knowledge and personality to the next level.

What is your biggest mistake?

A tough question! We have all made plenty of mistakes in our careers but I am of the opinion although in the short term they seem detrimental they really do teach us a valuable lesson and make us stronger. If I had to give an answer it would be not buying those Facebook shares and buying Dell out of loyalty.

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

I have had a lot of good memories in the three and a half years I have been in Dubai and it is difficult to narrow it down. My first Gitex was a real eye opener as I knew the IT industry was strong in the Middle East but this really set the stage as to how big. The second was a partner event in the region when we were just starting to enter the Middle East. The event was an introduction to partners and thanks to the efforts of a great marketing team we had over 150 partners turn up and had to expand the event to multiple days and seminars. It showed me that this region really is forward thinking.

What’s the best way to deal with stress?

In one word ‘sport’. I am a keen footballer and golfer and often find that the stress and drive that the work environment gives you can be constructively channeled into sports and activities that help to disperse that energy and also benefit you in many other aspects of life.

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