Intelligent CIO APAC Issue 01 | Page 79

GET TO KNOW... On the lighter side of things, we ask the industry experts what makes them tick. . . . Rob Stummer, APAC CEO at SYSPRO wWhat would you describe as your most memorable achievement? My most memorable achievements are always centred around helping others succeed and feeling a sense of worth and accomplishment. It’s always a great feeling when I know that I’ve done something difficult and worthwhile under significant pressure, to ultimately succeed. I’ve always found myself in leadership roles facing turnaround situations where resilience, true collaboration and highly strategic decisions have a major impact on the positive outcome. I’ve managed to successfully scale and grow a number of businesses which I’m extremely proud of. What first made you think of a career in technology? Technology Innovation on Business, I have never looked back and have since witnessed first-hand how it has brought extravagance and advantage to the life of normal “ MY MANAGEMENT PHILOSOPHY IS BASED ON ACCOUNTABILITY, LOYALTY AND TRUST. individuals. Every day is an exciting day when you work in the technology industry. What style of management philosophy do you employ with your current position? My management philosophy is based on accountability, loyalty and trust. Setting a clear vision, creating a strategy with purpose and then connecting people through collaboration, engagement and open communication is what I believe drives success. I understand the importance of aligning strategy, leadership and culture to deliver sustainable results for all stakeholders. My number one priority is to foster and drive a strong culture, where everyone in the business is proud of what we stand for, I’ve always been intrigued by how technology is connected to progress and innovation. I completed my Master’s Degree in Information Technology at the beginning of the Internet revolution and it struck me very quickly how it had enormous power to change thoughts and contemplations in the real world. If technology is controlled adequately, it can ultimately transpire into something useful for society and for the greater advancement of human life. Since completing my thesis on The Impact of INTELLIGENTCIO 79