Nick Batey is the general manager, Mena region, of British food and clothes retailer Marks & Spencer.
ME Retail News finds out what advice he would give his 13-year-old self, the best way to start his day, and his greatest achievement . . . so far.
What is the best way to start your day?
I wake up early and start my day by catching up on the news on my phone, so I’m up to speed in both the GCC and the UK. I then get ready and travel to the office. We’re very lucky to have an M&S Café under our office, so I pick up a coffee and fresh fruit for breakfast.
If you could be any character from a movie, who would you be?
Batman, because he is a philanthropist and dedicated his life to improving things for people with an investment in technology, as well as bringing people together through the Justice League.
What is your greatest achievement?
The expansion and development of the M&S business in Mena as part of the Al Futtaim Group have been a huge achievement for me over the past seven years, almost doubling the size of the stores in the region.
It’s been amazing to play a part in the acceleration of such an iconic British brand to our customers here and also listen to their feedback and develop ranges for them. Look out for our new Ramadan collection designed for Middle Eastern customers.
What advice would you give your 13-year-old self?
Never turn down the opportunity to learn a new skill or to travel. In fact, I think travel is one of the best forms of education in the world.
If you had 24 hours left on Earth, what would you do?
I’d want to spend it with loved ones enjoying good food and nature, plus take the time to reflect on everything I’ve achieved and talk to those I couldn’t be with.
Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
Queen Elizabeth II, because unwavering service and duty that she gave are inspiring. Alongside this, the amount of evolutionary change that took place during her reign and how she continued to hold on to consistent values throughout is remarkable.
What would you like to achieve in the next 10 years?
I want to keep learning, keep travelling and having new experiences and ensure to keep perspective above all.