The Drum speaks to people across the global media and marketing sector who are bringing something a little different to the industry and talks to them about what insights they can offer the rest of us. This week Publicis Media's chief executive Steve King takes on The Drum's 10 Questions.
What was your first ever job?
My first job was working on a building site as my dad had a building company, but the first job I ever did was for a company doing nightshifts packing lorries for Sainsbury’s when I was a student. I know what my first job was; I sold doughnuts in the south of France.
I work for a French company, I am the only person on the board of that company who is not French and does not speak French and the only words I can say in French are ‘doughnuts, only two francs’ and ‘earrings, only 10 francs’ because I branched out with my then-girlfriend and we started selling earrings on the beach, which we made.
Which industry buzzword would you ban?
Disruption – I hate phrases that are overly used.
Who would you like to have a coffee with?
Mauricio Pochettino, because I am a huge Tottenham fan and he seems to be a decent, stand-up guy. He’s obviously super talented and he has made that quiet transformation at Tottenham, who I have supported for 40-odd years.
What piece of tech can you not live without?
Sadly, it would obviously be my phone. It’s the company car of the 21st Century.
Who or what did you have a poster of on your wall as a teenager?
David Cassidy… I shared a room with my sister for a while and she was a Cassidy fan.
What is your career highlight so far?
The first time I was given a company car to take home. It was the 1980s, I had just become regional sales executive for HTV, and the car was a Ford Granada. I could not believe it. It was a milestone that I still remember.
Which city in the world makes you happiest and why?
My favourite city is Rome, it is the most beautiful city in the world. It is stunning. I absolutely love New York and I have an apartment there and my twins were born there, I know it really well and I have friends who live there. It is the greatest and most exciting city to live in in the world. But if it was my favourite place, we have a little house in Donegal in Ireland, it has the worst weather in the entire British Isles and it is wild and wet, there’s a place called Port Noo which has one of the greatest beaches.
I have bought a little house there with my brother-in-law and between us we have 10 kids and we split this house, he has one floor and I have the other, and the house has terrible telecommunications and it is the antithesis of the hurley, burley world I deal with, with one pub.
What is the greatest film/album or book ever?
The Godfather part two. I am very sure about that. It is a very good apocryphal story to the advertising business.
What question do you never want to be asked?
What would you do differently if you had your time again?
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
The number one thing you need to do is listen well. So many people go into meetings thinking that they have to speak and be the smarted people in the room but it’s a really good thing to listen.
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