Posted on Thursday 13 October 2016 by Ulster Business
Name: Alan Foreman
Position: CEO of B-Secur
How did you start out in business?
I was fortunate enough to go to University and get a job in Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting) where I worked for 19 years and held the position of Managing Director in Accenture’s Life Sciences business. I was also their UK lead for Emerging Technologies. In that time, I got a pretty good grounding in many aspects of business, so it was a good apprenticeship for my current role as CEO of B-Secur, which is bringing a new ECG (heartbeat) authentication technology to the world. Two very different worlds (corporate versus start-up) and both equally challenging.
What did you find the most challenging during your years in business?
Relationships - managing and working with people - have always been my greatest challenge and yet also the most rewarding aspect of my business life. By definition, everyone is different so the ability to successfully manage upwards, downwards, peer level, clients, suppliers, customers, and sometimes all at the same time requires a little bit of skill beyond straightforward IQ.
How would you describe your management style?
I believe that people together can create great things and certainly more than the sum of the parts. And I believe that people perform if they have the right combination of ability and motivation. So, I hope my management style reflects this…that I am inclusive, positive and always constructive to whomever I work with and that others feel I go about my business fairly and honestly.
What would you change if you could go back and do it all again?
I loved my career at Accenture and the opportunities that this presented for me and my family; equally, I love my new ‘entrepreneurial’ business with B-Secur. However, if I had my time again and I appreciated a bit sooner that pretty much anything is possible in our world today, I would have mixed it up a bit more, spent more time in other parts of the world, and taken even more risks.
Have you done it all on your own?
No. I am proud of my work ethic and that I can spot an opportunity, but it takes two to tango and my family at Accenture, at B-Secur and my clients are the people that have also provided me with these opportunities and allowed them to happen, for which I am grateful.
How would you like your business career to be remembered?
For having limitless ambition and being successful whatever I turn my hand to. Without getting carried away, I’d like to think ahead to a few years from now, when it will be hugely exciting to be at the helm of B-Secur when its technology becomes an integral part of the services of just some of the international banks, businesses and mobile technology giants we are already talking to.
What piece of advice would you give a 20-year old you?
Life is about experiences. Go and experience as much as you can. Don’t let anything or anyone get in your way. Never be shy of hard work and when you think you have tried everything, try some more.