Source: Phil Lynch, CEO Asset Control
Phil Lynch, the newly-installed CEO of Asset Control, started his career working in the front office at the New England Patriots.
Date and place of birth: Brockton, Massachusetts USA 1959
Residence: Westport, CT USA
Marital status: Married (Maureen Hanley Lynch)
Education: University of Massachusetts
Career path: NE Patriots Front Office (NFL), Centennial Farms (thoroughbred racing), Reuters, Fidelity Ventures, Asset Control
Current posts: CEO Asset Control, chairman Junior Achievement of New York
Q: What was your first job?
A: New England Patriots, front office work, general administration
Q: Who is or was your mentor?
A: General manager Francis "Bucko" Kilroy, pioneer in bringing technology and scouting into the NFL
Q: Which business leaders do you most admire?
A: Those who find a way to be successful business leaders/managers and successful people (ie fathers, husbands, friends).
Q: If you weren't in your current job, which company would you most like to lead?
A: I looked long and hard to find an opportunity like this, so clearly CEO of Asset Control
Q: Do you read books on management theory? If so, which has influenced you the most?
A: I have read many, and get a little out of each , but I think Good to Great was one of the best.
Q: Which competitors do you benchmark your company's performance against?
A: We are in an emerging market, where internal development is the norm. The reason we (Fidleity Ventures) decided to work with Asset Control is because, after intensive analysis we believed strongly they are the benchmark, and have an opportunity to become the industry standard as the commercial market develops
Q: What has been your best experience in business?
A: Winning new customers of course, nothing beats that feeling. But also very gratifying was/is building a cohesive and diverse management team which I felt was highly functional and up to any challenge.
Q: What was your biggest mistake in business?
A: I've tried to take corrective action before any mistake becomes too problematic, and have made too many to list. I would say that I wish I had learned the true value of diversity earlier in my life.
Q: What keeps you awake at night?
A: Ensuring I have surrounded myself with the right team and talent to succeed, and that our blind spots are not too common.
Q: How do you relax?
A: On dates with my wife, spending time with my boys, and fishing
Q: What was the last gadget you bought?
A: I got the dreaded sad face on my iPod, so had to buy a new one. My wife swears I did it on purpose, but I didn't!
Q: Favourite Web site
Q: Desert island disc/book
A: Well a disc wouldn't help much, it might be a good opportunity for me to actually read the best book of all time, the Bible