Ian Johnson, Business Development Manager
1: What attracted you to Nouveau Solutions Ltd?
What initially interested me in Nouveau was the fact that it was an established business, management owned and funded that was just celebrating its 25 years. My last employer whom I’d worked for 12 years had been through a number of acquisitions which is quite an unsettling experience, so the fact that Nouveau had the same management team in place who founded the company provided me with the comfort and stability that I was looking for.
Having worked with Berni (Head of Marketing) in my last company, she kindly provided the introduction to the rest of the Management Team to explore the company and the opportunities potentially available to me.
What became very apparent during my initial informal discussions with Leigh (Sales Manager) and Andy (Managing Director) was that there was a clear mutual understanding of the business and the direction/growth they desired and they were looking for individuals who were forward thinking and creative who’d bring ideas/suggestions to the management team to improve the business.
2: How’s it going so far?
You’d have to ask Andy and Leigh ?
I’m happy with the way I’ve integrated into the company. I feel like I’ve already been here for years, which is a huge compliment to everyone in the company.
3: What do you enjoy about being a Business Development Manager?
For me it’s all about on-boarding new clients… from seeking out new clients, opening dialogue, understanding their business and becoming a trusted advisor is a process I find very rewarding.
4: What do you see as being the biggest IT challenge for organisations?
I think the biggest challenge currently facing many small to medium sized businesses is the lack of financial IT budget to support IT Managers.
IT is so fast moving and is a fundamental part of any company helping with customer experience, productivity, growth and how an organisation can differentiate themselves. Most IT Managers I speak to, have the best intentions and want to build/provide systems that enable and work for the business, however there seems to be a view that IT is a cost outlay rather than an investment.
5: If you weren’t in Sales, what other role could you see yourself doing?
I think I would still be in IT, but maybe within a role in Vendor Management or Engineering. I like working within the IT industry as it’s so fast paced and constantly evolving which keeps me on my toes to constantly refresh my understanding and keep abreast of new trends which I can share with customers and colleagues. As a people person I enjoy building relationships with my clients, suppliers and colleagues and hopefully to be viewed as a trust advisor and expert.
6: If you could have 4 famous dinner guests, who would they be, past or present?
David Attenborough: HERO! No more to be said than that. You only need to look at the impact he made on the recent Planet II by demonstrating the damage that plastic materials is causing to marine life!
Marilyn Monroe: Aside from the obvious! I believe her amazing stories about the people she met during a game-changing part of history (JFK, Elvis, Rat Pack and many more) would be thoroughly entertaining.
Dwight D Eisenhower: No dinner party would be complete without some discussion around politics. He would provide some amazing insight from his days as the leader of WWII Allied Forces and US President!
Steve Tyler: One of my musical heroes who has been in the industry for over 45 years, so I’m sure we’d be able to persuade him to get his guitar out at some point and have a great Jam.
7: What technology device could you not live without?
My Smartphone, and it has to be Apple… I have adopted the full Apple suite – yes, I’m an iSheep!
8: How do you unwind at the end of a day?
Listen to music and building Lego (with my 5 year old son) ?
If you want get in touch with Ian, don’t hesitate to contact him at:
(t) 01189 186822
or visit his LinkedIn here.