Craig Young, TUANZ CEOName: Craig Young\nTitle: Chief Executive Officer, Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand (TUANZ)\nTwitter handle: @tuanzceo\nHow long have you been in your current role? I started in mid October 2014, so six months.\nWhat business technology issue is your organisation focusing on? As an organisation that has strongly advocated in the past for better and faster broadband connectivity, we are turning our minds to how to encourage businesses change their thinking and look for ways to grow through access to new technologies. And on a organisation level how do we provide leadership by example on a zero budget for IT.\nWhat are your interests away from work? I ride my motorbike, I binge watch TV series online (legally), I read, I spend time with my family and church, and I do a little running.\nWhat are you reading at the moment? I always have a fiction and a non-fiction book on the go, so it\u2019s The Generals (second in the historical fiction series about Napoleon and Wellington) and Winning the battle for Relevance which is a book by Michael McQueen about avoiding becoming an obsolescent organisation.\nAs an organisation that has strongly advocated in the past for better and faster broadband connectivity, we are turning our minds to how to encourage businesses change their thinking and look for ways to grow through access to new technologies. Craig Young, TUANZ\nWhat's the best piece of advice you've ever received? It was during the TelstraSaturn \/ CLEAR merger when we were re-applying for roles and one senior manager told me to appoach it with confidence in my own abilities, and let the process run its course. Taught me not to worry about the things I can\u2019t control.\nHow long have you been working in IT? Since 1997 when I joined a small software company and got into telco in 1999 at CLEAR Communications. I\u2019m possibly one of the few people that\u2019s been through a telco merger (TelstraClear) and a de-merger (Telecom\/Chorus) in my career.\nIf you weren't working in IT, what would you be doing? Easy\u2026running a bookshop with a caf? attached \u2013 as long as I didn\u2019t have to make money doing it! Seriously, I can\u2019t think of another industry as interesting and challenging as ITT.\nWhat was your first job? Accounting tutor at Massey Univeristy when my professor in my third year of my BBS encouraged me to stay on and do further study.\nWhat's the best thing about working with IT executives? These days they are a key cog in the executive [team] of most organisations because every business relies on IT as a vital resource in meeting their goals and aspirations. So, the IT executives are always challenging people like me as to what\u2019s new and what\u2019s best for their business.\nWhat is the worst? Almost the same answer \u2013 the challenge they present on always being in the know of what\u2019s coming up.\nCan you share one key pointer for keeping abreast of business technology trends? Carefully manage what newsletters you subscribe to \u2013 sign up to new ones you find but don\u2019t be afraid to cull the ones that have stopped adding anything to your knowledge \u2013 and of course join TUANZ as we work to work with members on lifting digital competency within NZ businesses.\nSend news tips and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org\nFollow Divina Paredes on Twitter: @divinap\nFollow CIO New Zealand on Twitter:@cio_nz\nSign up for CIO newsletters for regular updates on CIO news, views and events.\nJoin us on Facebook.