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Oracle’s Senior Vice President Leopoldo Boado shares industry insights with IE University students

Oracle’s Senior Vice President Leopoldo Boado shares industry insights with IE University students

Oracle Senior Vice President for Applications Europe and Country Manager Spain Leopoldo Boado visited IE University on Monday to discuss the future of Information Technology from the perspective of an industry leader.

Oracle Senior Vice President of Applications for Europe and Country Manager for Spain shared insights from his career path with IE students, discussing subjects ranging from the ecosystem revolution caused by digital transformation to growing business strategies.

In the form of “10 Things I Wished I Knew When Taking Up My Professional Career,” Leopoldo Boado shared personal experiences that led him to his current position at Oracle, one of the industry leaders in integrated cloud applications and platform services. Boado gave behind-the-scenes anecdotes emphasizing the role of inspiration, judgement and competence, a mix of traits he said are required to succeed in business.

“And attitude is much more important than knowledge.”

“Be passionate. When I do interviews, what I most value is that the guy has passion,” Boado said. “And attitude is much more important than knowledge.”

Boado, who spoke at IE University in the Aula Magna, asked students to comment on examples he had selected of historic and current industry success stories and encouraged students to analyze them with him, while giving his own personal evaluation.

One of the keys, he said, was learning from your mistakes.

“You know when someone tells me I have no failures, you’re out, I want people who have failed, and learned from those failures, but don’t be overconfident,” he advised.

The Oracle VP used the company’s successful America’s Cup sailing team as a symbol, highlighting the need to be innovative and surround oneself with a great team.

“Always bring complementary skills to the team,” Boado said. “Align talent with a common objective and that is the key to success.”