Leon Curling-Hope

Company Role:
Head of Marketing

What is something people in your industry have to deal with that you want to fix?
To simply connect people and companies with the right product or service in the most effortless way possible. I think we all can complicate things at times, especially marketers. Yet if you can merely deliver your' elevator pitch' succinctly and memorably, demonstrating your value and promise, you are almost there.

What is your past experience, for working in your position?
I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and a number of other qualifications from various universities and business schools, currently I am working towards my MBA at the University of Amsterdam.

Looking back at my career and experiences, I have gained from both sides of the table, be it from the advertising agency or the brand itself. From start-up, scale-up to large global conglomerates. From building marketing campaigns with little to no budget, to shooting million-dollar global ad campaigns with pyrotechnics, puppies and supermodels to boot.

I believe I bring not only a sense of range, but the ability to innovate, drawing from past experiences in marketing everything from complex SaaS services, financial instruments and luxury goods to toothpaste, soda and stuffed fluffy toys.

In the end, it comes down to finding resonance, a truth or a desire for every brand, product or service - also known as the Why, How, What factor that Simon Sinek coined.

What do you like about working at Omnia Retail so far?
The culture. They say that the environment is what makes a job great, and in my opinion, is mostly driven from the top. And I'm sure we all have been there at some point of our career, being pitched a view or vision of a company's culture that usually does not materialize. I can say without a doubt that much effort is put into driving the culture here at Omnia Retail, and it shows the moment you walk through the door.

What are the values that drive you?
Honesty, perseverance and consistency. I believe that if you are continuously consistent at anything you're doing, and you continue to push and drive at it, not giving up at the very first sign of uncertainty. There is a huge chance you will become successful and achieve.

What are your top-3 favorite books or podcasts?
Top 3 books would have to be:

Principles - Ray Dalio

The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho

Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I enjoy spending time on the road, be it cycling or running. I feel it keeps you honest, as whatever you put in, you will get out. Other than that, I am also an admitted foodie, so often entertaining at home, making something in the kitchen for friends with a glass of red wine, of course.

Let’s end with your favorite quote!
“You have 3 options in life; Pivot Persist or Surrender”―Matthew McConaughey