Business

Leeann is keeping the faith

In the Spotlight this week is Leeann Saunders, managing director at IT solutions provider Qualcom

In the Spotlight
Leeann Saunders Leeann Saunders from Qualcom (TJ Torrens Photography/TJ Torrens Photography)
  • What was your first job?

I started working in Tylers shoe shop in Belfast when I was 13 years old. I really enjoyed engaging with people of all ages and with varying personality types.

  • What qualifications do you have?

After completing my GCSEs, I undertook a BTEC in business and finance. I also completed a management degree in sales and marketing in my thirties.

  • What do you attribute your success to?

I owe my success to working hard, staying positive, and always doing the right thing for the customer. I’m currently a managing director at leading IT solutions provider Qualcom (www.qualcom.co.uk), and it’s a formula that has consistently worked for me. We support clients throughout RoI, NI, the rest of UK, and the Channel Islands and we always put them first. I truly believe that this approach benefits everyone. We’re committed to redefining the IT experience and to ensuring that businesses can navigate and excel in the ever-evolving digital world with confidence and ease.

  • How would you describe yourself to someone who’d never met you?

Determined, driven and passionate about giving the best possible service to our clients.

  • Who do you look up to in business?

A former manager of mine, named David McCullough. When I first entered the industry there was very little in terms of female representation and David gave me the encouragement that I needed to become a STEM leader.

  • How do you get the best out of people who work for you?

I foster trust by providing guidance and support while empowering my employees to make their own decisions and learn from their mistakes. I always maintain a supportive distance to allow them to showcase their abilities.

  • If you could change one thing about doing business in Northern Ireland, what would it be?

I believe that the public sector procurement process could be more inclusive and would like to see a broader range of businesses, including those that are medium-sized, benefit from these opportunities.

  • What website or app could you not do without?

Life360! It’s invaluable for tracking my children.

  • What was the last book you read?

The Prodigal Prophet by Timothy Keller

  • What car do you drive?

An Audi.

  • Tell us something interesting about yourself

I’ve never had a traditional job interview. My career has unfolded organically, with each role naturally leading to the next.

  • What’s your greatest passion outside work and family?

My faith - it keeps me grounded and gives me a purpose.