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Name: Jodi Gill

Job Title: Marketing Manager

 

Company: Office Brands

 

Describe what you do in less than 20 words. I manage our corporate identity and communications for all of our brands, Office National, Office Products Depot (Aust) and O-Net.

 

Your first full-time job? Marketing Assistant with a clothing company.

 

If you weren’t doing your present job, what job would you like to be doing? Interior design.

 

Your best piece of advice to a colleague? Anyone can create a system which is bigger and more complex than the last – it takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.

 

Your most embarrassing industry-related experience? Being on stage at our AGM last year with an award winner and unable to hear his joke whilst my smiling face was beaming from a 40-ft screen to the audience.

 

Your greatest strength? My attention to detail.

 

What do you think has been the best innovation in the OP industry in the last two years? Our Websphere e-commerce platform. It’s revolutionising the online business in our independent dealer group and we have other groups worldwide who are now adopting the technology developed by our team here in Australia

 

Your ideal night out? A feast with my family and best friends on any island in the Whitsundays.

 

The biggest change that has taken place in the industry since your career began? The recent purchase of Corporate Express by Staples and the opportunities that will present for our group going forward.

 

The first record you bought? Kiss – Dynasty.

 

What do you like best about the OP industry? The passion of the independent dealers I get to deal with every day.

 

Your favourite movie? Any movie with Jim Carrey – he makes me laugh until I cry with that face.

 

Best way to spend the weekend? Sleeping in, followed by a day in the sun anywhere with my family.

 

Do you have any famous ancestors? Boris Karloff was a cousin of my great grandfather.

 

If you had to sing at a karaoke next weekend, which song would you choose? Tik Tok because it annoys my kids when I know all the words to ‘their’ songs.

 

Which character from a film or TV series do you think most resembles you? The road runner – because apparently I’m hard to catch sometimes.

 

What is your favourite holiday destination? Milan