Enda Corneille, county manager for Ireland at Emirates takes the Business & Finance 60 second challenge.
Q. What was your first job?
I was a trainee liquidator in a past life.
Q. What would you regard as your greatest achievement to date?
Graduating with an MBA when I thought I was past formal education. The lesson: you never stop learning.
Q. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Be interested in the people you deal with. You never know what kind of a day they’re having.
Q. If you could step into the shoes of one business person for the day, who would it be and why?
Sir Alan Sugar: a visionary, a grafter; someone who speaks his mind but who values and recognises the importance of developing raw talent.
Q. In three words or less, how do you define success?
Punching the air – never lose that feeling.
Q. What’s your motto?
Make every day count.
Q. How do you motivate yourself and your staff?
I think it’s really important to set clear goals and maintain three essential ingredients to success: high energy, enthusiasm and commitment. Celebrate the successes – even the small ones – together. But equally, learn from the failures together.
Q. How do your relax?
Bad golf, good wine and great family and friends.
Q. What are your aspirations for the future of your business?
That’s an easy one – I want to grow the ever-increasing number of happy customers flying around the world with Emirates, whether they are going to Dubai, or beyond. And we want to show them the Emirates difference, every time.
Enda Corneille is Ireland country manager for Emirates, one of the fastest-growing airlines in the world.
Aviation is in his DNA and prior to joining Emirates, Corneille was a global instructor at the International Air Transport Association, a visiting lecturer to Cranfield University in the UK and at the University of Limerick in Ireland, and also holds a first-class honours MBA in Aviation Management.
With a team of almost 30 staff in Ireland based between their offices on Hume Street and at Dublin Airport, Emirates connects up to 22,000 customers from Dublin to Dubai and beyond each month since launching its second daily flight from Dublin in September.
Emirates is the only airline flying direct between Dublin and Dubai.