Mark Leigh: ‘The best practice are a ones that are a surprise—whether it’s a chair or room upgrade.’

Mark Leigh is boss of Asia-Pacific operations during wiring association Jabra. The Singapore-based Briton spoke to a Journal about speeding cab drivers, branch tech gadgets into a mobile office, and never withdrawal home though a unstable transport steamer.

How mostly are we adult in a air?

My pursuit requires me to transport unequivocally frequently, so I’d contend that I’m adult in a atmosphere for during slightest dual weeks any month. My trips are customarily in a Asia-Pacific region, though we also fly adult frequently to a company’s domicile in Denmark.

Favorite hotel?

This is a tough one. Right now, a Hyatt sequence is my favorite. Their use is top-notch. We use them frequently for a events.

Favorite airline?

Singapore Airlines,

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though a doubt. I’m a lifetime Solitaire PPS member, a payoff from all my visit flying—they unequivocally know how to take caring of you. Singapore Airlines is also unequivocally reliable, and always flies on time, that is something we don’t take for granted.

Best airline seats?

Most people cite bulkhead seats, though we don’t suffer looking during a wall for hours, so any second-row aisle seats are ideal for me.


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Favorite airport?

Singapore’s Changi. It’s only easy to navigate and is always efficient. Amsterdam’s Schiphol is also one of my favorites.

Preferred luggage?

I use a Delsey; it’s lightweight and done with CO fiber.

Packing strategies?

After over 20 years of traveling, [I find] make-up for a outing is flattering most about going by a motions. You consider about your calendar and a several functions that we need to attend, and container accordingly. we recently bought a transport steamer from ION Orchard—it’s a unequivocally nifty apparatus that saves we from display adult during your morning assembly in a crumpled suit. I’ve come to comprehend that not all hotels yield an overnight dire service, so this unequivocally helps.

Which transport apps do we use?

FlightTrack is a must, as is Lync for voice and video conferencing.

What’s your best transport advice?

Make certain that we can move your bureau with you—ensure that we are versed with a right tools. we move a set of Bluetooth-enabled speakers and a wireless hands-free set that becomes my mobile discussion room. People tend to disremember a simplest things, and I’ve found these inclination make a biggest disproportion when roving for work.

How do we stay fit while traveling?

I don’t have most time to conduct to a gym while traveling, though we do try to watch my diet and eat easily when we can.

Best transport experience?

The best practice are a ones that are a surprise—whether it’s a chair or room upgrade. we was recently during a Mulia Resort in Bali for a association conference. The Mulia did not disappoint. It was a good outing for everyone.

Worst transport experience?

It would have to be being stranded in a trade jam during a Mumbai floods in 2005. we was in a trade jam for 7 hours in a cab to a airport, with a motorist who had been pushing for a 22-hour stretch. The H2O [level] had risen adult to a newcomer chair in a taxi, and we were using on a [nearly] dull fuel tank. we eventually managed to get behind to my hotel, where we had to wait for 4 days before we could leave a country. It was positively not an knowledge I’d like to repeat.

What’s left on a bucket list?

I’ve always wanted to stay in an ice hotel—perhaps in Iceland or Norway.

Favorite city?

Paris, London and Florence are pleasing cities that we never get sleepy of. But for a buzz, Asian cities are a best—whether it’s Hong Kong, Bangkok or Singapore.

Favorite restaurant/bar?

The Moon Bar during a tip of a Banyan Tree in Bangkok has a good view. we also adore London’s Radio Rooftop Bar. You can also never go wrong with Hong Kong’s Lan Kwai Fong for a good night out. In Singapore, we suffer going to a Prime Society on Dempsey Hill—nothing beats a good beef and a poetic ambience.

Which city has a best taxis?

If we get a London cab driver, we can always be certain that he will take we on a best track available. One thing that we hate—in any country—is that one cab motorist who believes you’re a talent watchman for Formula One. That’s unequivocally a final thing we wish after a prolonged flight, and we always have to tell a motorist to delayed down.

—Edited from an talk by Mark Lean