In his last real job, Hugh was responsible for the Internet business of Digital Equipment Corporation in the South Pacific. At Digital, Hugh's team of sales/marketing, technical support and consulting personnel helped Digital's customers and partners capitalise on the potential of the Internet and its commercial capabilities. In doing so, Hugh grew Digital's annual revenues from this segment from $2 million to $35 million over 18 months.
As founder and managing partner of MathMarketing, the Australian strategic marketing planning company that advises Telstra, Optus, IBM, Computer Associates, Compaq, Oracle, BRW, AAPT, GE, CPA and others, Hugh has now led over 150 marketing strategy projects for businesses pursuing growth.
He has learned from and provided advice to some extraordinary individuals over the last 20 years. They have been investors, Boards, CEOs, Directors of Sales or Marketing, and other senior managers of global and local corporations leading in their fields of computer hardware and software, telecommunications, healthcare and financial services. Their businesses market products and services with sales cycles ranging from short and highly transactional, to long, complex and strategic.
Hugh holds a Bachelor of Business Marketing Degree, attained Certified Practicing Marketer (CPM) status and Fellowship of the Australian Marketing Institute. He is an executive mentor with Indicum and a member of the American Marketing Institute.
Hugh Macfarlane has written the marketing strategy book “The Leaky Funnel”. This business novel is packed with fresh, key arguments for a major change in the way businesses organise and manage their combined Sales and Marketing resources.
The central argument, that a new framework is needed for the aggregate Sales and Marketing force, is based on Hugh's 20 years-plus experience, and has now been well proven in many leading businesses as a means of accelerating the effectiveness of their endeavours to earn more customers.
Hugh Macfarlane is an experienced and entertaining public speaker on a range of sales and marketing topics, from ecommerce and business-to-business marketing. His favourite topic and passion is the sales funnel - Macfarlane is 'the funnel guy.' He has delivered over 60 conference addresses, seminars, and keynote presentations on these topics to thousands of people since 1996, normally voted #1 or #2 speaker at multi-speaker events.
His message to business is simple: Earn more customers by aligning sales & marketing to the way businesses buy.
Hugh Macfarlane travels from Victoria Australia
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Jack Welch, CEO, General Electric.