5 minutes with… Rob Abrahams

Rob Abrahams is European Purchasing Director at ADVEO.


Describe what you do in less than 20 words. 

Lead ADVEO’s supplier and category strategy, setting the global guidelines and managing global relationships and agreements.

Your first full-time job. 

Glass collector in a ski resort… a very tough job!

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

Playing football for Spurs, although I think I may have more chance becoming their next manager.

Your most embarrassing industry-related experience. 

I am not sure if you can call this industry related, but scraping the CFO’s car (actually his wife’s) on the first day in my job in this industry when I joined Spicers, while he was watching through his office window.

What would you like to be doing in five years’ time? 

Continuing to be involved in the development of ADVEO, seeing it reach its full potential as an industry behemoth, and bringing together manufacturers, resellers and end users in the most effective, supportive and beneficial way possible.

Your greatest strength. 

My passion and drive whilst still remaining personable and approachable.

Your favourite event on the OP circuit and why. 

The ADVEO World events. The buzz, excitement and enthusiasm shown by the suppliers, dealers and our own people have amazed me from the first time I participated and they still do now. 

Your childhood ambitions? 

To be a vet or anything to do with animals, especially pandas. I had a real thing for them… I still do!

What keeps you awake at night? 

Often my youngest son’s foot after he has sneakily climbed into our bed.

Your first vehicle/car.

VW Beetle – looked amazing, broke down everywhere.

What sports team do you support and why?

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club (Spurs). I grew up equidistant between Spurs and Arsenal and chose Spurs because they played the beautiful game. The right decision? 

Your ideal night out. 

A nice meal and a good theatre production, maybe after watching Spurs beat Arsenal 5-0.

If you could invite two famous people for dinner, who would they be and why would you invite them? 

Rory Mcllroy and Raquel Welch in her prime. Rory because his focus and strength of mind are a real inspiration from someone so young, plus he seems a good laugh. And I am sure Raquel has a few interesting stories to tell!

Have you got a claim to fame? 

Not to show off, but I have two: I was in a film with Ingrid Bergman, and Kylie Minogue came to my home for a day and even gave us a private sing-song…after a few Pimms!

How would you like to be remembered? 

He delivered on his promises and remained positive and passionate until the end.

Any annoying habits?  

I like to wear slippers at night. My wife hates it and thinks I am becoming an old man. I’ll buy a smoking jacket next!