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
PREVIOUS COMPANIES: IBM, EMC, Parametric technology

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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