Five Minute Interview: Lee Marsden, ZyXEL Communications

Lee Marsden, UK managing director of ZyXEL Communications, becomes our latest victim, taking on MicroScope's idiosyncratic inquiries

Morning, Lee Marsden, tell us what you do for a living.

I head up ZyXEL’s European Business.

Why are you the right person for this job?

You would have to ask the CEO or my team on that - but I can tell you that I’m a really strong believer in people and it is people that make us successful, be it our team or our customers.

What gets you up in the morning?

The early alarm call for the gym - training in the morning really sets me up for the day.

Who helped you get to where you are today?

Too many people to mention, I learn every day from everyone around me.

What is the best or worst business advice you have received and from whom?

No advice is bad advice. You always have the ability to choose in life no matter what, so you can choose to take it or not.

What advice would you give to someone starting out today in IT?

It is a great opportunity and it can be whatever you want it to be.

Will Windows 10 be the new Windows 7, or the new Vista?

I’ll tell you in a few weeks as just had it installed on my machine!

What does the next five years hold for the channel?

Value I believe. The hot topic is managed service providers. The migration from the traditional sale to a managed service. We certainly want to be part of this as it unfolds. 

Tell us something most people do not know about you

I have the equivalent of two A Levels in Law and originally wanted to be a lawyer. Too many episodes of “LA Law” I think.

What goal do you have to achieve before you die, and why?

To see my children be happy in life with the choices that they make. Then I can rest easy.

What is the best book you've ever read?

Harry Potter – The books really captured my imagination when they came out – Not so much the films.

And the worst film you’ve ever seen?

That is tough to recall as I’ve seen a lot of movies – Cuban Fury was quite bad.

What would be your Desert Island MP3s?


What temptation can you not resist?

Snickers – every time I fill up the car with petrol, bad habit!

What was your first car and how does it compare with what you drive now?

VW Scirocco, always been a petrol head so always chopping and changing now. 

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with? Why, what did they do?

Donald Trump – don’t think I have to say anything more.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why?

My family dog – because he is just so spoiled.

If you were facing awesome peril and impossible odds, which real or fictional person would you most want on your side and why?

Iron Man – he has spare suits to jump into.

And finally, a grizzly bear and a silverback gorilla are getting ready for a no-holds-barred rumble. Who is your money on and why?

Never really given it any thought – but I can tell you if you google it a lot of people have.

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