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24 hours with ... Markus Oberlin

Farnek Avireal's CEO outlines his day

Markus Oberlin
Markus Oberlin

Markus Oberlin, CEO of Dubai-based facilities management company Farnek Avireal, outlines his day

7am: After waking up I go through the daily newspapers, while having breakfast.

8am: Once I have arrived at the office and checked my emails, I start with a conference call to Green Globe HQ in Los Angeles.

Farnek’s division manager - consulting, Sandrine Le Biavant, joins me to discuss our plans to roll out our sustainability systems to major hotels we would like to add to our Green Globe Certification portfolio.

8:30am: Off to meet the technical team about a GPS system upgrade for our fleet of vehicles, which allows us to monitor the location of each van and to how to minimise the journey time for each vehicle, to minimise our CO2 emissions and reduce our fuel costs.

9:30am: Meeting with the managerial team to discuss the layout of our new offices, as well as the set up of our new camp

in Al Quoz Farnek has recently bought.

10:30am: Our head office in Zurich, Avireal, is just about to start their working day so it’s a quick call to speak to the team over there.

11am: Farnek is in the midst of a large tender bid for a company in Abu Dhabi, so I call a meeting with our business development team to discuss the proposal and progress so far to ensure we submit our tender in good time.

1pm: Time for lunch. Today it’s a lunch with one of our major suppliers.

3pm: HR has called a meeting to discuss the performance management system of our staff for 2012 and setting performance objectives for 2013.

4pm: To finish the working day off I have a daily meeting with Farnek’s CFO and COO to go through the key financials. I like to keep on top of our budgets and regular meetings enable necessary decisions.

6pm: I double check my diary to make sure I am prepared for tomorrow’s meetings. Then I do one of my most important duties: switch off the lights in my office.

6:45pm: Arrive home, read bedtime stories to my two beautiful little daughters, then relax and enjoy dinner with my wife Sybille.

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