Khalil Ibrahimi, sales director at internet search engine Ask
Jeeves, nominates Brin Bucknor, managing director of VNU
’Brin was my publisher when I was advertisement manager of Computing at
’I think the most important thing I learned from him was to be a
businessman as opposed to an ad salesman. He also taught me the
importance of closing the magazine.
’Brin showed me the pros and cons of working on a newspaper and made me
view the job as being part of the revenue stream of an organisation.
’The other thing Brin brought with him was the ability to be cool and
calm when all those around him were losing their heads, which is a key
ability in a business like this.’