We are delighted to welcome Mark Hardaway to the XPLANE team. Mark joins us as vice president of business development in EMEA. He is based in London and makes an excellent tour guide should you ever find yourself in the area!
Prior to XPLANE, Mark held both senior management and consulting roles and his experience spans both the private and public sectors. He has worked extensively across Europe and the US for Oracle Corporation and Deloitte Consulting as well as in the UK.
At XPLANE he will be responsible for growing and overseeing client engagements throughout EMEA. Get to know him a bit better here:
Two things: firstly, although I often used a visual approach in communicating/articulating ideas, concepts and value propositions, I felt XPLANE was unique in that it puts visual thinking at the core of its value proposition and service offerings. Secondly, the core company values of empathy, integrity and respect.
What makes you a changemaker?
I believe business improvement is brought about by using three core ingredients: people, process and technology. I have seen projects fail where the best processes and technologies have been adopted, but the people did not share in the business vision for the future. I use my core skills of listening, empathy, building trust and a passionate belief in the outcome to help educate, motivate and encourage people to ”buy-in” to that vision and join the business on their change journey.
Who are your mentors?
My former boss Juan Rada –SVP Oracle EMEA and good friend Marlin Yuson –Design Director at Cartier.
What word best describes you?
Any pet peeves?
Being late for anything and general rudeness
Person most interested in meeting?
Anyone alive or dead whose determination led to achieving his or her goals. For example: Alexander the Great for doing what the enemy least expected, and Aung San Suu Kyi for her dogged determination and belief in what is right at great personal sacrifice.
A Few Favourite Things:
Einstein has a couple of great ones I like…
“Everything must be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”
“If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.”
The Salvation Army and St Martin-in-the-Fields. Both of these organizations help homeless people get back on their feet without judging.
Two timeless movies I enjoy watching again and again are “I Am Love” ("Io sono l'amore"), and “In the Mood for Love” by Wong Kar-Wei. I also enjoy the escapism of science fiction especially the latest Star Trek movies.
My tastes are eclectic, ranging from classical, to pop and jazz, depending on my mood and the situation. I am a great admirer of Elvis Costello and Jools Holland, who both have made the transition from contemporary pop to jazz.
Anywhere offering simple food with excellent ingredients. Two favourites:
Yoshino, a London Japanese restaurant where the manager has become a good friend and La Guinguette, a traditional bistro in the small coastal town of Aigues-Mortes in southern France.
On or near the water, unspoiled, inaccessible, and close to nature. Hydra Island, Greece, is a favourite because there are no cars--only mules.