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Most people might baulk at being labelled the ‘missing link’, but FunctionEight Managing Director Martin Abert is comfortable with the description.
“I’m the link between the hardened IT techies and our clients who, like most normal people, are mystified by computers. I translate the client’s needs and wants to the technical staff – which is a link that is missing from most other similar IT solutions providers.”
Being a Land Surveyor by profession with no previous IT training, Martin is in a good position to communicate the benefits of systems/solutions and preventative maintenance in layman’s terms – and as somebody who is passionate about meeting people and talking (in the broadest terms) about how FunctionEight’s services can benefit all businesses, it’s a role he is ideally suited to.
Hi all, I am Jordan Gall. I moved on a whim from Australia to Asia in April 2012 and have not looked back. A technology connoisseur, priding himself on consistency and breadth of knowledge. I joined FunctionEight in April 2012 in Hong Kong, and have spent the last 5 years in Singapore where I’m responsible for the operations of the business.
“Knowledge is Power; Power runs your fridge.” Jordan Gall
Hi I am Phil Aldridge. Initially I trained in architecture but then developed skills running computer systems for architects and engineers. I came to Asia in 1991, did a B.Sc in Applied Computing and finally branched out into Regional IT Management roles with various Multi National Firms. Then I joined FunctionEight in 2001 contracting but joined full time in 2006. The rest as they say is history.
“Enable your employees such that they are not afraid to make mistakes.” Phil Aldridge
I spent 20 years working in the hospitality business firstly at a safari park in the UK and then had the opportunity to relocate to Hong Kong in 1995 to work at Ocean Park for Compass Group PLC. I managed the overall Hong Kong business for Compass for 7 years before being relocated to Singapore. It was during this time in Singapore, when Compass were acquiring a local business that I started using FunctionEight to handle the data security, business continuity and day to day IT support for our administrative office of 40 people.
After leaving Compass in 2009 I had the opportunity to work with FunctionEight to try and develop the Singapore business. After 2 years I took the option to buy a shareholding in the business and the rest as they say, is history. This was something of a change from working for a large multinational company but has proven one of the best decisions of my career. FunctionEight has a team of dedicated people and owners who are passionate about their customers
They say I’m the “spider to the web”. I’ve been with the company since 2015, yet it still feels like a honeymoon period over and over again. Coming from the Beauty/Service industry with no previous IT training, it’s definitely a challenge trying to piece all IT terms as a whole. However, it was the challenges that allow me to understand all clients’ needs and grow with their business.
Rachelle manages the overall operations for Singapore, including being involved in all project planning.
“There are no limits to what you can accomplish, except the limits you place on your own thinking.”
Eric joined FunctionEight in 2015. He has over 15 years experience in IT Service Industry in Hong Kong.
Prior to joining FunctionEight, Eric had served as IT officer at public sector and listed company, providing daily IT support and operation.
Eric manages daily IT operation, including client Support in both remote and onsite, providing IT consultant services, Project implementation especially in Infrastructure and Microsoft O365 upgrade. And also, a 2nd Tier support to our Service Desk.
Henrik is overall responsible for the FunctionEight business in Asia, working closely with the teams and clients in Hong Kong, Singapore, and the Philippines.
Born and raised in Sweden and in Asia since 2009, he currently resides in Singapore with his wife and two children.
Alex is overall responsible for the IT Operations at FunctionEight in Singapore, working closely with the engineering team to cover a wide range of IT Services to clients.
Prior to joining FunctionEight in 2014, Alex held various IT roles in different companies and has over 15 years of experience in IT Consultancy, Project Management and Operations in Singapore.
Allo is overall responsible for the IT Operations at FunctionEight in Hong Kong, working closely with the engineering team to cover a wide range of IT Services to clients.
Prior to joining FunctionEight in 2014, Allo was a Project Director in a multi-national IT Service company, a CIO of a listed company in Hong Kong and has over 20 years of experience in IT Consultancy & Project Management in Hong Kong, China and other Asian countries.
Kevin is responsible for IT operation and client relationship management to all stakeholders.
Prior to joining FunctionEight in 2021, Kevin had experience in handling IT Operation and Stakeholder management in multiple Retail and Financial MNC firm across Australia and Hong Kong.
Prior to joining FunctionEight in 2015, Kyle was working as a freelance Web Developer working with different clients based in United States, United Kingdom, and Australia.
Eileen is overall responsible for our Helpdesk Team & Operations and work closely with our teams in Asia to ensure a good and efficient remote support experience to clients.
Prior to joining FunctionEight, Eileen was working for several well-known local IT firms and also running her own business in the BPO industry.