Doing business with Phill Patton

Doing business with Phill Patton

The country manager of EMC NZ admires Richard Branson for managing to 'blend a highly successful business life with an adventurous lifestyle and a philanthropist's generosity'.

Phill Patton
country manager,


Where were you educated? On Auckland’s North Shore.

Where do you live? In an apartment in the Viaduct Harbour, downtown Auckland.

Are you married? Yes – to the lovely Olivia.

Kids? I have two boys, Tom aged 13 and Fergus aged 12.

What are your interests outside work? Trying to keep up with the kids, all sports and travelling with Olivia…especially to places where the sun shines.

What are you reading at the moment? Bryce Courtenay – Tommo and Hawk.

Professionally, who do you admire most? Richard Branson. He manages to blend a highly successful business life with an adventurous lifestyle and a philanthropist’s generosity.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? ‘Don’t sweat the small stuff!’

A lesson you’ve never forgotten? Don’t try and outsell a sales person.

How long have you been working in IT? Twenty-three years.

What was your first job? I worked as a milk boy pushing the old milk trolleys around for $2 a night.

What’s the best thing about working with IT executives? They are always looking to innovate.

What is the worst? They like to tinker and play with all the toys. Sometimes they are like kids at Christmas.

What is your favourite networking situation? A casual beer at the ‘19 th hole’ after a good round of golf...which the customer always wins!

What will you do when you retire? I will open a bar in an exotic location, like Tahiti, and will manage it from a hammock placed strategically under the shade of a large tree.

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