I used to ride motorbikes, but I stopped because my wife threatened various things to me. I love Japanese sports bikes and I was riding a Honda CVR-1100 Blackbird. More recently, I’ve lost about 30kg since last year because I was overweight and unhealthy. I swim a lot and play tennis a lot and if I have the time I go jet-skiing. It’s had a radical effect on my life both from a confidence point of view and for my energy levels.
I’d love to visit Lebanon but with a wife and three kids I struggle to find the spare cash to do it. Every time I think about doing it, something erupts in that area and travel becomes a bit tricky.
What did you want to be when you were younger?
I wanted to design cars so I spent all my school years fantasising about doing that. I even sent in drawings to Ford Australia, which got me a work apprenticeship there. But then I found out that in order to become successful you had to go to universities like Oxford and Yale to get high-level international qualifications and my upbringing was quite modest so that wasn’t an option.
Do you regret not becoming a car designer?
A little, but not too much. I’m totally passionate about what I do today. And after 21 years of being in the IT industry you’re convinced that this is it – that this is my world. With the friends and colleagues I’ve developed over the years, this is home for me now.
What is your ultimate ambition?
I’d love to become a senior executive within HP locally, regionally or internationally. I’ve heard having a family can hold ambitions back, but not in my case. My wife is our director of household affairs and is a full time mum. She’s very supportive and we’ve sometimes even contemplated moving to parts of Asia. The kids are a bit tricky because they get entrenched in schools, but they’re at an age now (13, 11 and 3) where they’re pretty flexible. In this role I’ve given myself a solid two years and having been in it for four months the clock isn’t ticking. But in a year’s time I’ll be reflecting on where I’m heading and will look at options a bit later after that. Hopefully I can demonstrate to the company I’m a good investment into the next step.
What’s your deadline for CEO? Before my pension age hopefully.
HP is based in California and was founded in 1939
It claims to have around 304,000 employees worldwide
Its Australasian headquarters is located Melbourne