Damien Threadgold

International sales director, Amy’s Kitchen, on being a paperboy, preparing a presentation and acrophobia

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What was your first job? A paperboy. The early morning starts have stayed with me ever since, which is lucky as in my current job I have customers and ­colleagues spread across the world and various time zones.

What’s been your worst job interview? One I had with a big drinks company. I was asked to ­prepare a presentation but, much to my disappointment, no one asked to see it. At the end I told them they needed to see it, and got the job - so it went from bad to really excellent!

How do you describe your job to your mates? That I’m an international man of mystery.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job? Seeing my team excel and exceed their goals.

What’s the least rewarding part? Being lucky enough to visit some amazing places across the world but not having much opportunity to explore them further.

What’s your nickname? None (that I’m aware of).

What’s been the most embarrassing moment in your life? Splitting my suit trousers just prior to an important meeting. I kept my long jacket on!

What’s your motto? ‘Be somebody who makes everybody feel like somebody.’

What was the first music single you bought? Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

What’s your favourite film and why? The Blind Side. It’s centred around the idea that if you believe in people and show them love and ­support they can achieve anything.

Any phobias? Thankfully, not a fear of flying - although I’m not very good with heights.

If you could pick a celebrity to join your staff who would it be and why? Jack Bauer. He never fails on his mission and it’s always resolved within 24 hours.

If you could change one thing in grocery, what would it be? I’d like to keep changing consumer misconceptions about frozen foods - frozen really can be better than fresh.

What luxury would you have on your desert island? A microwave and a freezer full of Amy’s Kitchen goodies.

What animal best reflects your personality? My German Shepherd dog: strong, loyal with ­boundless energy. And I will never say no to a tummy rub!