We talked collaboration, tea, and veggie lasagna with Daniel Hagos, Senior Vice President of Revenue & General Manager – APAC, SAP Emarsys.
What is your favourite part about your job?
My favourite part of my job at SAP Emarsys is seeing people grow and developing in their roles. We have several colleagues who have been with us for 4+ years and we focus a lot on employee development and internal progression for our Emartians. Further to this, I’m fortunate to be part of and lead a large regional team that stretches across three offices in Sydney, Singapore, and Hong Kong. I love collaborating cross-borders with our different teams, learning how each region work.
Technology has made it much easier for our teams to brainstorm together to create great work for our clients. It’s extremely rewarding to see the passion the team have put into this work being so well received by clients. I love seeing how well our different teams come together.
Who was your childhood hero?
Growing up, Michael Jackson was my childhood hero. I listened to his music when we were kids and I truly thought he was the King of Pop.
What is one of your guilty pleasures?
I love any and all types of tea, especially iced tea.
What is one song that you would request a DJ to play at a party?
Gimme! Gimme! Gimmie! by ABBA, it’s a real crowd-pleaser and gets everyone dancing. I don’t think it’s possible to not like that song!
How do you typically unwind after a long day?
I enjoy going for a walk or run with our dog, Ziggy. She’s very sweet and seeing how happy she is on the walk, takes away any of the day’s stresses.
What’s on the top of your bucket list?
I would love to learn how to fly a seaplane and feel the experience would be exhilarating.
What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home?
It depends on what one would classify as home, as I was born and grew up in London and have lived in Hong Kong for the past 8 years. So, I would say maybe Sydney when I visit my ANZ team or Sao Paulo depending on where you would classify home to be.
What is the most impressive thing you know how to do?
I make a superb vegetarian lasagna with Beyond Meat that even die-hard carnivores would enjoy.
What risks are worth taking?
Whilst it might not be the coolest thing to say, I’m a fairly risk averse person but I’d also say I generally feel like everything is going to be fine in the end so I don’t find many things to be too risky.
What do you enjoy about this industry?
I like speaking to businesses who really care about their customer experience and want to do interesting and unique work. One thing I love about my job at Emarsys is I can learn how different industries work and how they think about customer experience and marketing.
I’m able to then help them further engage with their customers to increase the customer experience such that it is more personalised and suited to their unique needs.
What was the last thing you bought online?
A rice cooker for my cousin living in London. My Mum asked me to buy one for her as she had previously visited my cousin and was appalled that she didn’t own one!
What’s your most-used App on your phone?
I probably use WhatsApp and Chrome the most, however my favourites are To Do by Zenkit and Notes. The To Do by Zenkit app is an absolute must and I have the desktop version open all day, I highly recommend giving it a go!
If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
Asides from my fiancée Hannah and our dog Ziggy (who are both fantastic dinner company) it would have to be Oscar Wilde, the poet and writer.
Say you’re stranded on a desert island (and all basics are met), what are three things you would take with you?
Assuming I can’t be smart, ask for a genie in a bottle or a forever charged iPhone to get me out of there, I would take three of my favourite books: 1Q84 & A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami and The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde.
If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Without a doubt, I would choose pizza!
What’s something everyone should try at least once?
Although it is potentially a controversial opinion, everyone must try a Hawaiian pizza from a good pizza place.
If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?
Flying is my passion, however if I fulfilled my bucket list then it would be the ability to hold my breath under water.
If you had the opportunity to take an international gap year and do whatever you wanted, where would you move and what would you do?
I would go travelling in South America as I’ve only been to Sao Paulo once, but I absolutely loved the city and the food. South America is fascinating, and I am eager to explore more of the continent especially more of the nature.
What is one skill you would love to master?
I wouldn’t mind becoming more skilful in the kitchen and becoming a better cook.
What did you want to be when you were five years old?
I wanted to be the host on a British TV show called Holiday where the presenter would travel to different countries and review hotels and restaurants. I couldn’t believe he was getting paid to do that.
Daniel Hagos, Senior Vice President of Revenue & General Manager – APAC, SAP Emarsys. He leads teams across three offices in Sydney, Singapore, and Hong Kong. You can find Daniel here