University: Universidad Pontificia de Comillas Northeastern University
Job Title: Business Development Manager
Office Location: Egham, U.K.
Describe your job in 25 words or less: I connect with C-level executives (CEOs, CIOs, CFOs mainly) within the Spanish mid-market to evaluate and establish mutually beneficial long-term partnerships between their firms and Gartner.
What is your favorite part about working for Gartner? Learning from C-level executives about how technology adds value to their businesses and learning from my colleagues at Gartner how technology can shape the future of international markets.
How has Gartner helped you in your career development? Gartner has helped me grow professionally and personally. The volume and quality of the knowledge and connections you can acquire at Gartner are comparable to those offered at top-rated M.B.A. programs.
What are 3 words that best describe Gartner? Unique, international, inspiring.
What are 3 career lessons you’ve learned while at Gartner? Having patience, listening and asking great questions will get you far.
What advice would you give to recent new hires? When you speak to clients, speak to the right people, be prepared and focus on having business conversations. At work, prioritization, organization and resilience are 3 indispensable traits.
If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be and why? Being practical, there is still a chance of bumping into George Lois in New York. He is one of the most successful creative advertisers. He makes communication and art, and I find his work very inspiring.
What are 3 words that best describe you? People who know me well will probably tell you honest, dependable and lively.
What is one thing unique about you that people would be surprised if they knew? People look surprised when they find out I am half-Spanish and Japanese, and that I moved from IB (Investment Banking) to IT.
Favorite Quote or Personal Mantra: This quote by Elbert Hubbard (that I printed and glued to my screen) helps me to be more patient and resilient when I hit roadblocks:
“Genius is often only the power of making continuous efforts. The line between failure and success is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it — so fine that we are often on the line and do not know it […] There is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within.”
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