Smoke on the water

Just when you think you are a freak in the company and you are wondering why you are working in the company because it’s so far from what you are, you hear the weirdest piece of news! Like, the CEO of my company loves Rock Music and that too Deep Purple! I mean here is an einstein like small man who was originally a physicist and you have pretty much pegged him as boring and a geek and then he surprises you by talking about Deep Purple!

Guess there is a rockstar in every geek!

Here is an excerpt from a 2003 interview with Wharton Business School Newsletter (Knowledge@Wharton):

Knowledge@Wharton: We understand you’re a fan of Heavy Metal music?

Kagermann: Yes, yes.

Knowledge@Wharton: What are your favorite bands?

Kagermann: It’s not really tough Heavy Metal — other people have said this. It came up when people saw that I was a fan of a normal hard rock band — Deep Purple — and then they asked about bands like Queensrÿche and Dream Theater and others which were more in the Heavy Metal area — although not Metallica by the way — just to make that clear. [Laughs.]

Knowledge@Wharton: Given your current job, you probably don’t have much time to go out to rock-n-roll concerts these days?

Kagermann: No, not much. The last was, indeed, Deep Purple in Mannheim, which was very nice. The entire board of SAP was with us…. We always have off-site board meetings, and after our discussion, we went to this concert. It was great.

I invited a few CEOs and they said it was the first time an invitation was different — being invited to a rock concert. This arena is like you have in basketball. You have the suites, you can go outside, you can listen, but you can close the doors. You have wine, you can eat. And you can see everything. It’s perfect.

And two of the guys [from the band] came up later on and drank wine with us. It was unbelievable.

Link Courtesy: Knowlege@Wharton

~ by tia on January 14, 2009.

2 Responses to “Smoke on the water”

  1. Deep Purple is a great band. No wonder the CEO of your company liked it.


  2. *Ravish
    I agree!

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