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Rod Tonna-Barthet, CEO, Annodata

What’s currently having the greatest impact on your business?

Rod Tonna-Barthet, CEO, Annodata
Rod Tonna-Barthet, CEO, Annodata

Our people. Annodata continues to invest in hiring the best staff and then ensures that they are retained by the company culture, career development opportunities, challenging environment and competitive packages.

Our employees are by far the main element that underpin our focus on service delivery. We work alongside our partners to ensure that staff have the correct level of knowledge and expertise to successfully sell services to new and existing clients..

Where do you see the next big opportunity?

We’ve seen massive growth from the cloud over the past 12 months and I strongly believe that the trajectory will continue over the next 12-18 months, as clients see the huge benefits that the cloud has to offer.

However, I think that the biggest opportunity comes from the amount of organisations that are following a ‘many to few’ vendor strategy. Organisations are rationalising the amount of suppliers they have and are focusing on a smaller amount of companies who can provide multiple services. The opportunity for us, is to ensure we can meet the complex needs of our clients by offering a broad range of network related services.

What would make your day job easier?

All businesses thrive on the skills and talent of their employees so the more people like this you have in a company, the easier the day job becomes.

What’s the best bit of business advice you’ve been given?

The interior of Bentalls shopping centre in Kingston, Surrey.
The interior of Bentalls shopping centre in Kingston, Surrey.

Keep it simple and demonstrate integrity in everything you do.

If you had had a crystal ball, would you have done anything differently?

It would definitely be to start our strategy three years earlier.

Describe your most embarrassing moment.

Minutes before I was due to present to several hundred people at a large industry conference, someone spilt a (hot!) cup of coffee over my trousers.

What was your first job?

Working in the handyman department of Bentalls department store in Kingston.

What would be your dream job?

I can honestly say that I have my dream job. It’s a huge privilege to lead such a fast moving IT services company with almost 400 dedicated and talented individuals. If we’re talking about outside of the industry, then being the Golf Pro at Augusta wouldn’t be a bad job or perhaps a ski instructor in Whistler in the winter, followed by scuba diving instructor in the Bahamas in the summer!

Money’s not an issue, what’s your perfect car … and where would you like to drive it?

1996 Jaguar E-Type convertible down Route 66.

Jaguar E-Type
Jaguar E-Type

Fine dining and good wine, or curry and a pint?

Curry and a good wine!

Favourite holiday destination.

The New Forest with my family and dog, Sidney.

How do you like to spend your spare time?

Time with my wife and two children is very important to me so when I’m not with them, I love getting onto the golf course and the ski slopes. I’m also currently training for a half-marathon so you’ll find me pounding the streets near my home most evenings now.

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