Adam Poole



Name: Adam Poole
Job Title: Head of channel marketing
Company: Canon UK


What were your childhood ambitions? I suppose as well as the clichéd wish to be a football star, I was always drawn to the thought of being a wildlife photographer. When I was really young, I wanted to take photos of dinosaurs but that ambition was obviously soon dashed!
What was your first full-time job? Telemarketing for an agency that supported a number of resellers, looking particularly at the areas of network infrastructure and video conferencing.
What was your first car? Peugeot 306 – awful battleship grey.
Who was your pin-up as a teenager? Cindy Crawford.
What bad habits do you have? Sometimes I find it hard to be serious when required which can be awkward when getting a dressing down.
How do you like to relax? Golf, although it has not been very relaxing recently due to a catastrophic drop
in form.
Do you have an idol? George Best. For all his failings, he lived life to the full and always had a smile on his face.
What was the first record you bought? Can’t remember exactly, I think it may have been Five Star (not going to live that one down).
If you could invite two famous people for dinner, who would they be, and why would you invite them? Alex Ferguson and Arsène Wenger. It would make for interesting conversation.
What is your favourite movie and why? The Shawshank Redemption, it’s engaging from start to finish.
What sports teams do you support? Season ticket holder at Manchester United. You can tell from the Home Counties accent!
What is your favourite food and drink? Drink would have to be a very cold bottle of Sancerre. Food –too many to mention, but it’s hard to go wrong with fillet steak.
What is your favourite holiday destination? The Maldives or a Safari in South Africa.
If you could build your house anywhere, where would it be? Penthouse apartment either in London or New York.
Have you ever broken the law? Maybe.
What makes you angry? Being beaten. I know we are told it is the taking part that counts but I can’t support that theory.
Which industry figure do you most admire? I admire a huge number of industry figures. I have just tried to learn as much as I can from all of them. But Jeff Hayzlet from Kodak does stand out from the crowd.
Can money buy happiness? Not in the slightest. However, it can certainly smooth the path.
What has been the best moment in your career? The end of the IPEX event this April. It marked the end of a serious amount of work by many people at Canon and the sense of success and achievement at the end would be hard to surpass.
What has been the worst moment in your career? Making my first presentation to one of our sales teams back when I joined Canon in 1998. To say I choked would be an understatement. I could hardly stand I was so nervous and I completely forgot what I was meant to be saying. Good life experience though.
What was your most embarrassing industry-related experience? Being picked up from the pub by my Dad one Friday afternoon after a few pints with the sales team. It did not even occur to me what I was doing until I got in on Monday morning to hordes of emails from the guys I was drinking with.
Describe the OP industry in three words: Full of potential.
If you won the lottery, what would be the first item you would buy? An Aston Martin. For my wife obviously.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? If I’m honest, being a little taller would help at times.
Which three items would you want if secluded on a desert island? Sky Sports,
jet-ski and a football.
What is your biggest weakness? A tendency to taking too much on.
What is your greatest strength? Tenacity.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had? Working in Tesco’s coffee shop on a Saturday morning.
Have you got any nicknames? Dingo from old football days.
How would you like to be remembered? Someone who always tried his best, maybe did not always get there, but was good humoured along the way.