Jetsetting with QlikView's Terry Smagh
SINGAPORE — As a business intelligence company, QlikView basically crunches big data into consumable nuggets. This information is used by clients as diverse as fishermen in Peru (who use the software to predict the best time to head out to sea), and fashion brand H&M, which uses the data to determine what items in its inventory sell better.
With the number of cities under his care, Terry Smagh, QlikView’s Vice President for South-east and North Asia literally has to travel every week for work.
“It has recently changed a bit because I have a little boy, so I try to be home three and a half weekends a month,” he said. “However, I also try to make it a habit to take some time off for leisure. I am not a city guy, so my holidays are about pristine white beaches and blue waters — the Maldives or Langkawi.”
Soon though, he will be making a trip for charity. To raise awareness and funds for HOPEHIV, a charity focused on helping African orphans and young people impacted by poverty and Aids, 10 QlikView employees — including Smagh — will be embarking on a five-day cycling tour through Malawi next month. JEREMY GOPALAN
Q: What do you look for when you travel for leisure?
A: Cold beer and good food — this to me is relaxation because I already travel every week and have been to every city in the region.
Q: What do you always have with you when you travel?
A: I live out of my suitcase and it is never emptied though I replenish it before every trip. I always pack extra, and it is always business attire. I actually streamlined my wardrobe to make it easier. Back in the day, I had more flamboyantly coloured shirts but now it is whites and blues all the way. It is simply easier to match. I also always have my gym gear — I actually feel that I am healthier when I travel than when I am in Singapore, because I get up early to go to the gym for 45 minutes at the hotel before work.