30 October 2020
Networking+ had quick caatch-up with Darren Fields, vice president, networking, EMEA at Citrix.
Here's what he had to say:
1. What was your big career break?
I was given a telemarketing opportunity on a temporary basis at Xerox one summer. After great results I was asked to join the London Sales team.
2. Who was your hero when you were growing up?
That would have to be Jimmy Connors. I loved tennis and he was a fighter on the court with a great personality to match. I believe that Tennis as a sport is where it is today due to characters like Jimmy Connors.
3. If you could work in any other industry, which one would it be?
I started my career in the music industry, very different, but good fun – so perhaps this.
4. What would you do with £1m?
With £1m I would buy a home in Spain and also invest in art.
5. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? The best piece of advice I’ve been given was to focus on just a few things and ensure I do them really well.
6. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
If I could live anywhere in the world it would have to be Surfers Paradise, Australia. It is a beautiful part ofthe world and half my family currently live there.
7. What’s the best thing about your job and industry?
The best thing has to be that every single day is different and I’m always learning and meeting great people.
8. What will you do when you retire?
I would like to travel the world and see as much of it as I can.
9. What’s the best lesson you’ve learned?
The best lesson I’ve learned has to be that collaboration is truly King. The power of a team will always win and be successful in my experience.
10. Which law would you most like to change?
If I could I would improve social care laws in UK to recognise that people work hard, pay their taxes and should get better support from the government when needed.
Citrix Systems is an American multinational software company that provides server, application and desktop virtualisation, networking, software as a service and cloud computing technologies.