62nd Interview

62nd Interview

Gary Newbold
Up Close and Personal meets 3Com Country Manager Gary Newbold who believes it would only take him a day to sort out any problems the UK is facing.

The 3 Cs in the name 3Com stand for Computer, Communications and Compatibility. Since delivering the industry’s first Ethernet network interface card (NIC) for connecting computing devices nearly 30 years ago, 3Com has seen the world embrace its vision of pervasive networking. 3Com has worldwide business infrastructure, with a presence in over 40 countries and a total of 1500 employees. H3C, the joint venture with Huawei, is a key part of 3Com’s global capability. 3Com’s acquisition of 100% of the company will provide a presence in China, the world’s biggest emerging market, along with state-of-the-art R&D and over 4,000 highly skilled engineers and designers. In FY05, 3Com had annual revenue of $651 million.

3Com delivers cost-effective, secure converged data and voice networking solutions to businesses of all sizes in both the public and private sectors. Supported by research, development and support services, the company delivers communications systems that are designed to help network managers

implement new technologies quickly and gain a fast return on investment.

3Com provides customers with a broad portfolio of products including IP telephony, networking (wired and wireless), edge-tocore routers/switches, and services. The company has a steadfast commitment to open, industry standards enabling products to interoperate in a mixed vendor environment. Recently launched products and solutions include 3Com’s Open Services Networking (OSN) – a solutions architecture that allows a wide range of network applications to be tightly integrated into the infrastructure to enable a diverse set of services – and the Unified Switch – an easy to deploy and manage solution that has all the elements of a business-class network, as well as a platform for delivering advanced communications solutions such as wireless and VoIP, in one box.

A division of 3Com, TippingPoint, introduced the first Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) in 2002 and is the recognised leader in this field, delivering in-depth application, infrastructure and performance protection.

Gary Newbold, “The market is moving toward the unification of technologies and will require solutions that integrate intelligence into the network infrastructure leveraging open source and open architecture models. Organisations are currently undergoing a transition, upgrading networks which now enable a switch to be wireless. This will in turn push remote working from home and increase productivity as people work more and travel less.


Up Close & Personal Questions:

Married? In a long term relationship

Lives where? Derby

Kids? 2, Boy aged 13 and Girl aged 16

What is your favourite car? Ferrari 599

What do you drive? 911 or 535 depending on mood!

4X4’s Chelsea tractors? Same as lorries, they should have tax incentives to drive at night and not be allowed to move out of the inside lane and over take each other. This would cut our congestion problems!

What really gets your goat in business? Broken promises

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? Never let activity slow down!

And the worst? All advice is good because of the thought process it provokes; taking the wrong decision is the bad thing.

Favourite Film? Caddie Shack

Who is/was the best James Bond? Daniel Craig

Last CD/DVD bought? Just Jack

Sport? Golf, Cricket

Favourite team? England cricket team especially when we are winning!

What’s the best thing you’ve bought this year? Golf membership at Sotogrande, Spain

What have you wasted money on? Cars!

If you could pick anyone to go to dinner with who would it be and why? Margaret Thatcher. She is the last leader we have had who understood what hard work is all about and she would not let people and political correctness walk all over her.

What could you not live without? My girlfriend, soppy I know but true.

Do you have a hero? In business Alan Sugar and in sport Kevin Peitersen.

If it all went belly up tomorrow, what would you do? Start again, that is the only thing to do.

What would you do if you were invisible? Find Kylies house!

If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be? The Prime Minister so I could sort this country out and it would only take a day believe me! Or if it was a day off then Tiger Woods.

Your best blag ever? Being in a training course with a number of our competitors where we had lots of role play to do. We complained that our company didn’t allow us to put our skills on display and got away with it….no role plays brilliant!

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