60 seconds with… Mark Ash, General Manager Print, Samsung Electronics UK

Posted on Jan 18 2016 - 12:06pm by John Peters
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What’s currently having the greatest impact on your business?

Our people. We have the right people, processes and now the new technology to grow in a declining market.

Mark Ash, General Manager Print, Samsung Electronics UK

Mark Ash, General Manager Print, Samsung Electronics UK

Where do you see the next big opportunity?

With the Connected Workplace. Samsung leads the field here and digital convergence/IoT is enabling us to connect our devices and add real value.

What would make your day job easier?

Self-driving cars. I’m looking forward to the day when my car can become my office and allow me to spend more time with our customers and my family.

What’s the best bit of business advice you’ve been given?

‘A positive attitude is a powerful force’ and ‘If it’s to be, it’s up to me’. Our philosophy within our business is that you always ask yourself what you could do differently and not look to others to fix problems.

If you had had a crystal ball, would you have done anything differently?

I would have believed in myself earlier and seen Opportunity, as opposed to Risk.

Describe your most embarrassing moment.

Getting stage fright and not being able to present early in my career. I left the venue and drove home, with a red face for days. All good character building stuff.

What was your fist job?

I’ve worked since the age of 9 without a break. However, my first job was working as a Support Specialist for Xerox at Virgin Atlantic. I had the pleasure of meeting my fist ever manager recently and talked about how our lives had changed over the last two years. Who knows where I would be if he hadn’t said ‘Yes’?

What would be your dream job?

I love my current job. If I could move the entire office to Suffolk it would be perfect (and definitely a dream!).

Money’s not an issue, what’s your perfect car … and where would you like to drive it?

I’m a real petrol head and have a passion for speed. It would have to the Koenigsegg One:1

I’m a real petrol head and have a passion for speed. It would have to the Koenigsegg One:1

I’m a real petrol head and have a passion for speed. It would have to the Koenigsegg One:1, which redefines the art of the possible. I’d love to drive it through Italy, taking in the Stelvio Pass – one of the great driving roads.

Fine dining and good wine, or curry and a pint?

I’m fortunate enough to experience fine dining most weeks with the job that I do. The weekend is a chance for me to kick back and relax with a takeaway; a Chinese and bottle of wine would be my preference.

Favourite holiday destination.

Italy. I love the culture, the language, the food/drink and the people.

Italy

Italy

How do you like to spend your spare time?

I don’t get much spare time, as I live away all week. However, I love spending it with my two boys, cycling and being outside.