Globetrotter: Keith Evans

The Panasonic UK MD is a regular on the Osaka run. He enjoys a glass of wine, some peanuts and a bit of Shirley Bassey en route.

by Elizabeth Anderson
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

How many business miles have you clocked up in how many countries over the past year?

About 100,000 miles across 10 countries.

I visit Japan the most, as that's where our headquarters are.

Favourite airport?

If I'm flying locally, then Bristol airport - it's closest to where I live.

For international flights, I think Heathrow's terminal five is fabulous.

It's very spacious and the lounges are excellent.

In-flight - booze or no booze?

I don't normally drink if I'm flying within Europe, in case I have to drive.

If I'm flying internationally then I might enjoy a glass or two of a light German wine. But not always - it can give you a bit of a headache.

Hot towel or peanuts?

Hot towels are very refreshing, particularly during the summer months.

But a packet of peanuts is essential when watching a movie.

Do you like trains?

I like travelling by train in Japan.

The Shinkansen (the 'bullet train') is my favourite, as it's so quick.

Do you trust helicopters?

I'm comfortable flying in them.

They're very convenient for getting you in and out of places, but I don't use them on a regular basis.

Worst-ever travel experience?

When the volcano went off in Iceland last year, I had a five-day trek from Frankfurt to the UK by car, bus, train, boat and foot. Chaos is the only way I can describe it.

MacBook or PC, BlackBerry or iPhone?

PC and BlackBerry. I've also got an iPod though, which I take with me to relax.

I like any type of music, from jazz and classical to Shirley Bassey.

Video conferencing or eyeball to eyeball in the flesh?

I think it depends on the meeting, and other people's availability.

I prefer face to face because you both have a better connection - but there's the pollution aspect to consider as well.

Jetlag remedy of choice?

Try to get back into your sleep pattern as quickly as possible and take a break from work if you feel the jetlag coming on. That doesn't always work after a long flight to Japan though, so at Panasonic we hit the karaoke bars till about five in the morning.

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