Day in the Life: Grant Amos

We join Grant Amos, general manager, MEA at Actifio, as he shares how he spends his day at work.

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Day in the Life: Grant Amos
By  Manda Banda Published  August 6, 2015

Channel Middle East finds out from a market personality about their role, their routine and what inspires them to come into work each day.

NAME: Grant Amos
COMPANY: Actifio
JOB TITLE: General Manager MEA
YEARS IN THE ROLE: 2 Years
YEARS AT THE COMPANY: 2 Years
PREVIOUS COMPANIES: IBM, EMC, Parametric technology

06:00
If I am not travelling, I am awake by 6:00am along with my children, who also wake up around the same time to get ready for school. I help my wife to prepare them for school. Once they have left, I do my daily exercise at my home gym.

07:00
During my training regime, I also utilise the time to check and respond to mails from the night before.

09:00
The commute to work usually takes 10 minutes if I am not travelling and working out from our office in Dubai’s Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT). I usually leave my home around 09:00am for work on my Ducati bike.

09:30
I usually reach the office just after 09:00am and once in the office, the first order of the day is a cup of coffee followed by more responding to the lengthier mails and preparing for any meetings during the day.

11:00
The day’s activities are typically prioritised based on customer-driven, channel-driven and Actifio’s internal requirements factors. I have worked in firms previously, where internal meetings were given the highest priority.

11:30
Actifio is a start-up firm, where I was asked two years ago to come on board in order to develop and build a business for Actifio in Middle East and Africa. Today, we now have a fully-fledged office in Dubai located at JLT and also our other team is based out of South Africa.

12:00
To be given, a completely free reign to build up a sales organisation and develop the channel business is a rare privilege, making every day both challenging and rewarding. This is the favourite part of my job and other than qualities like hard work, patience and perseverance.

12:30
International travel consumes over half of any given month where a string of meetings throughout the day, means that all other work activities (proposals, pricing, Webexs, reporting) have to fit in between or be addressed from airports.

13:30
Unfortunately, and not to be recommended, lunch breaks, except for lunch meetings, never happen. They tend to be a time to clear the mail backlog and I typically grab a salad.

15:00
In simple terms, my success or performance is measured on the revenue growth and profitability driven from the region. However as general manager, I also have my own measures that are based around client satisfaction and brand building.

18:00
Exercise and healthy living is critical to ensure that I have the energy to devote to both my young family and my career. At work, this enables me to put in the hours as required, to board overnight flights.

22:30
I try to be in bed by 10:30 as I find that I need at least 7 hours sleep to function effectively, although I am not sure whether I will ever really get used to air conditioned sleeping.

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