5 minute interview: Marcos Gonzalez-Flower, director of strategy and biz dev Emea, webMethods

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5 minute interview: Marcos Gonzalez-Flower, director of strategy and biz dev Emea, webMethods

Marcos Gonzalez-Flower, director of strategy and business development Emea, webMethods.

What have you got in your pockets?
Wallet, keys, phone and a few old receipts.

Who would you most like to have a date with?
Nigella Lawson.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
A barrister.

How did you get into the IT industry?
From college into Marconi Avionics working on Nimrod.

What's your favourite chat-up line?
Get your coat, you've pulled - in honesty, I'm too shy to have one.

What do you do to relax?
Rally classic cars.

What's your favourite song and why?
I get knocked down but I get up again by Chumbawamba, because it captures the way I feel sometimes.

What's the most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to you?
Joined a company in the US and went to a party at the CEO's house. It was a casual affair and as I entered I began to introduce myself to the first few people I met. As I went deeper into the house, I realised I had just introduced myself to the catering staff, who spent the rest of the party saying "Hey Marcos, how are you doing?" and acting like my best buddies.

What's your favourite place and why?
My house in Spain. It's in the south by the beach and is full of happy memories for me.

If you had a dinner party and could invite anyone, dead or alive, who would you invite and why?
Mozart - for the entertainment. Karl Marx - so that he could see the perfect economic model is impossible to implement. Oscar Wilde - for the conversation.
Lord Lucan - to find out where he's been hiding. Cherie Lungi, Fergie, Sharon Stone, Angelina Jolie, Jeri Ryan - guess why

If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?
Use it to race classic cars and fund my return to study.

If you could make a voodoo doll of someone, who would it be?
That would be telling.

Is there life after death?
No.

What's your best quality?
I make people laugh.

What's the most daring thing you've ever done?
Scuba dived on the barrier reef with sharks.

What's your most annoying habit?
I twitch my leg and fidget a lot when I'm thinking.

Favourite joke?
Three people go for their final CIA assassination training and on the final exam the teacher says to the first male candidate: "In order to pass, you have to show obedience and ruthlessness. Here is a gun, in that room is your wife, go and shoot her." The candidate collapses on the floor and says: "No I can't. I quit."

The second male candidate is then brought forward and told: "In order to pass, you have to show obedience and ruthlessness. Here is a gun, in that room is your wife, go and shoot her." The candidate collapses on the floor and says: "No I can't, I love my wife. I quit".

Finally, the third candidate, a woman, is brought forward and told: "In order to pass, you have to show obedience and ruthlessness. Here is a gun, in that room is your husband, go and shoot him." The candidate enters the room and closes the door. A shot rings out followed by four further shots.

After a few seconds, a lot of banging and crashing is heard from the room, then the woman comes out of it. The teacher looks at her quizzically and asks: "What happened in there?" To which the woman responds: "The gun was full of blanks so I had to finish him off with a chair."

What most annoys you?
People in positions of authority who abuse their subordinates.

Who is your biggest hero/heroine?
My mother. She died of motor neurone disease, but refused to let it get her down until the end.

How would you like to die and what would you choose as your epitaph?
In a fast car, at an old age, with a big grin on my face. My epitaph would read: "I told you I wasn't feeling well."

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This was first published in November 2001

 

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