Thirukumar Nadarasa

The Chief Executive of Hutch may be passionate about his work, but his heart belongs to his old Ford Mustang.

What are you most passionate about?
I am most passionate about my work as the CEO of a multinational telecom, building networks that bring affordable and accessible connectivity to the masses, particularly in emerging markets

What do you fear the most?
I fear about the future for my children in this uncertain financial, environmental and social world

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

What is your favourite journey?
A tour through Italy a few years ago. Lovely history and food!

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Fairness. As we have learnt from history, we can’t all expect to be treated “fairly” and must make the best for ourselves

On what occasion do you lie?
To not offend anyone unnecessarily over minor issues

Who or what is the greatest love of your life?
My old Ford Mustang!

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
I am not very photogenic!

Which talent would you most like to have?
To play the saxophone

What is your greatest extravagance?
Building my house

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Not being tactful

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Pessimism and negativity

What do you wish you had right now?
100% health

Where would you like to live?
Sri Lanka of course

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
To be more sociable and less detached

Which historical figure do you admire most?
Sun Tzu

What is your motto?
Stay positive

What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Check my smartphone

What was one of your life changing moments?
When I made a decision to leave the States and come back to Asia

If you could eliminate one weakness or limitation in your life, what would it be?
To eat less!

When you’re 90 years old, what will matter most to you?
My children and grandchildren’s wellbeing

What was your favourite food as a child?
Bangers and beans

What inspires you?
My first boss and his teachings, which I still apply today!