Running Up The Corporate Ladder: We Interview

Running Up The Corporate Ladder: We Interview

Follow on from our health feature story for the week – Chasing Promotions and PB’s: The Role of Fitness in Workplace Performance – we had a chat with two bona fide fitness gurus, Mark De Luca and Timothy Hui.

Alongside their passion for fitness and training, Mark and Tim also hold corporate jobs at top firms, PwC and NAB respectively.

We talked to them to see what fitness means to them, and how it has helped them in their professional careers.


Mark De Luca

Graduating from the University of Melbourne in 2011, Mark currently works at PwC as a Tax Manager. Running has been a main pastime for the last 7 years, with Mark having competed in Athletics Victoria and APSOC, as well as being a Nike Run Leader.

Mark has accomplished amazing achievements in his running: Athletics Victoria Ballarat 15km – 16th position (2015); Victoria Milers 5km – 7th (2014); Victorian U20 Athletics Championships 1500 – winner (2007).

Despite these notable feats, Mark presents himself as a modest individual to those around him. Always friendly and happy to support other runners (like myself), Mark is always encouraging and helpful to other people. His passion to achieve the best in his running translates well with his determination in work, putting in long hours with an inner strength and can-do attitude to go above and beyond. His ability to combine running and work with such success provides enormous inspiration to fellow athletes.

On a scale of 1-10, how important is fitness and running in your life?

10

Which firm values from PwC do you most associate yourself with?

Performance matters: people look at results and ultimately they come to you for performance, so at the end of the day you need to achieve.

Favourite distance, and favourite race you have competed in?

10kms is my favourite distance. My favourite race was the Run for the Kids in 2014.

Do you consider yourself a competitive person in business and/or running?

I do, but it’s more an internal competitiveness. I have a goal in what I want to do and achieve and I go for it. I like seeing how far I can go.

What effect do you believe your running has had on your work life?

I believe running has definitely enhanced my personal characteristics in terms of self-discipline, commitment and mental toughness. I treat everything in the same way I do my training, and it helps me focus at work. If I don’t run, I don’t get that same kick at work, and it also helps with stress too.

If your manager/CEO was a recognised competitor in a sport, would this affect your perception of them in the workplace?

I’d have more respect for them in terms of keeping a work-life balance.

Are you working towards any running or work aspirations?

One day I’d like to progress to a Company partner, or CFO in my career. In my running pursuits I would love to represent Australia in a running event such as a marathon or cross-country race.

Favourite athlete?

Steve Prefontaine.

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Timothy Hui

Having worked in the finance sector for over ten years, Tim has established himself as a credit Analyst at National Australia Bank.  Tim has been running for 3 years, competing with Melbourne University Athletics Club in the Athletics Victoria Competition and is currently a Nike Run leader.

Tim has several running commendations: Run for the Kids 5.4kms – 9th (2015); Mothers Day Classic 4km – 5th (2014 & 2015). Tim generously volunteers his time on the board at the Melbourne University Athletics Club, one small illustration of his immensely giving personality. He regularly helps coach and motivate others with their running, always happy and willing to offer support through training and racing.

His work-life is always well balanced with his running, with Tim always putting his work responsibilities first and finding a way to incorporate training into his challenging job. Above all, the way he remains both disciplined and incredibly friendly and approachable is an always-pleasant discovery to anyone fortunate enough to speak to him.

On a scale of 1-10, how important is fitness and running in your life?

9

Which firm values from NAB do you most associate yourself with?

The will to win: I really value doing your best and being the best.

Favourite distance, and favourite race you have competed in?

My favourite distance is the 800m. I’d have to say my favourite race was the Run for the Kids.

Do you consider yourself a competitive person in business and/or running?

I would say more so in running than in business. Business is more complex, whereas running is pure competition-there’s no need to be nice when you run.

What effect do you believe your running has had on your work life?

I think my mental toughness has definitely improved at work from my running, and running really helps me keep down stress levels at work.

If your manager/CEO was a recognised competitor in a sport, would this affect your perception of them in the workplace?

Yes I think it would in a positive way, I would definitely admire the discipline and insight into their character.

Are you working towards any running or work aspirations?

I would love to achieve a sub-2min 800m time.

Favourite athlete?

Roger Federer

Roger Federer in action against Borna Coric



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