Josh Dean

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Josh Dean

Senior Brand Manager, Axe, Unilever

Where are you right now?

Sitting on my quasi Dr Evil chair at home having just read the Sunday Times on my iPad with a nice cup of tea (as per my pic).

Where is your favorite place for a breakfast meeting?

At the moment I tend to have breakfast meetings on the phone in my car on the way to work but whenever I get the chance I’ll have it at Café Grumpy in Chelsea – low key and un-businessy.

What was your first job?

Working as a runner for a UK TV production company that made a great documentary called ‘Faking It’. More often than not, it mainly involved delivering coffee and post to important people.

How do you think we can keep talent motivated?

Start by not making them deliver coffee and post to important people! I believe that people are at their best when they love what they do and have the freedom to push themselves beyond what they thought was possible, in the knowledge that they have the support to help them succeed.

What excites you about this next decade?

Watching technology become more powerful, intuitive and invisible. And maybe a few flying cars.

If you had to make a quick escape where would you go?

To cities I’ve not been to, like Berlin or Seoul. Or as it’s winter, I’d go to the mountains, ski all day and stay in a chalet with a log fire and great bottle of red.

What is on your bedside table?

iPhone, water, a vintage lamp I lugged back from Buenos Aires, a kindle and a One Word a Day Journal that my wife and I shared since we started dating.

If you weren't in this business what would you be doing?

Directing an off Broadway production of ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’.

Who would you most like to meet for a drink?

Past: Winston Churchill.

Present: Stephen Fry.

Future: My children. No booze for them though.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Beautiful Vintage stuff, especially watches and cocktail glasses.

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