He may have a ‘thing’ for James Bond, but Gunden Yilmaz has a ‘Goldeneye’ for the everyday joys of life – home, work or holidays
Name: Gunden Yilmaz
Job title: UK National Sales Manager
Company: Shell UK Ltd
01 Career history: After three years in investment banking I started at Shell in 2002 and have rotated through several regional sales and strategic marketing roles before heading up the UK sales team.
02 Dream job: If it wasn’t my current role, it would have been working in fashion like my brother.
03 What do you drive: Audi Q2.
04 What would you like to drive: Aston Martin DBS (see my Favourite Film – Question 7).
05 Favourite team: Chelsea Football Club.
06 Favourite read: Historic books – with stories based on inspirational leaders.
07 Favourite film: I am a James Bond fanatic.
08 Best holiday: Spending time with my son in Barcelona.
09 Possessions you couldn’t do without: My watch.
10 Most admire: My father.
11 Most likely to say: Life is good – happiness is the most important thing.
12 Least likely to say: It’s not worth the effort/I can’t help you I am sorry.
13 Greatest achievement: My son and my Masters in Business Administration from Columbia and London Business School.
14 Greatest fear: Loss of a colleague due to a safety incident.
15 What motivates you: The joy of life – every day is a new beginning.
16 Tips for business success: Always see the opportunity in any situation.
17 Best business advice you’ve received: Always conduct yourself/make decisions as if you are in the role above, so you can see the bigger picture.
18 Most recent business achievement/s of note: Roll-out of the UK brand vision for the Shell Retail business.
19 Three words to describe yourself: Positive, energetic, passionate.
20 Thoughts on the forecourt sector: Customer expectations of their local forecourt have increased dramatically during the pandemic – I’m eager to see what this will mean for our business growth.