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Meet the ZAP Team: Damien Zwillinger

 

Damien Zwillinger ZAPA self-proclaimed “data enthusiast”, Damien joined ZAP back in 2008 as a BI Consultant. He now holds the position as Chief Product Officer and owns the strategic vision behind ZAP Data Hub and it’s pre-built solutions. We met up with him (virtually) for January’s staff spotlight…

 

Hello Damien! First things first, where do you come from and where do you live?
I have been living in beautiful Brisbane Australia where our R&D hub is located for the last 13 years, but I am originally from the French Riviera.


What does your job entail?

Leading the global product management department at ZAP and looking after the strategy and IP of the ZAP Data Hub product as well as its pre-packaged analytical solutions.


What is a typical day like?

It starts with an Americano (or Long Black coffee as we call in Australia), a few meetings with North American customers, partners or staff would follow, then I’d usually spend time reviewing activities or replying to messages sent to me overnight. During the day and after a few more Americanos, I’d spend time with our R&D team; attend meetings with the APAC region; researching, planning future enhancements or strategies, and then finally meet with customers, partners or staff located in Europe.


What’s a common question you get from customers?

Can you please share your roadmap with us?


What do you like most about your job?

Very clearly, problem solving for the broad area of solutions, data sources, use cases and scenarios that we encounter and solve for our customers and partners every day.


What do you like to do when you aren’t working?

You’d likely find me reading a book, riding my electric longboard, playing tennis or exercising; that is, when my two young children allow me to…


Who are your favorite sports teams?

My heart will always be with our French Rugby Union team (and you’d quite likely and clearly hear me when they face England..). As a tennis player, I am also a big fan of Roger Federer.


Who are your favorite bands/artists?

It really depends on my mood, time of day and the type of activity I perform at the time. In general, I enjoy Jazz and Rock & Roll bands from the 80s and 90s. I am also a big fan of Muse, and when focus/ concentration is needed, I would likely go with Epic Scores or Classical music, such as Vivaldi.


What are your favourite movies?

Any movie that made me scratch my head. Inception from Christopher Nolan would be one of them.


What’s your signature dish?

A Tuna tomato quiche.


How would you describe the difference ZAP Data Hub makes to a customer… In just one sentence!

ZAP Data Hub is a cloud data platform that enables you to see your data in the most productive, integrated and cost-effective way.


What are some of the differences of working for ZAP vs. other companies you’ve worked for?

Our staff and team culture are extraordinary at ZAP. And I believe our focused strategies and coverage of technology, use cases, solutions, and market make ZAP truly unique in the industry and compared to other technology providers.


Who would play you in the movie of your life?

This is a tough one, how about great actors I like instead? Edward Norton, Neil Patrick Harris and Vincent Cassel.