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Five Questions For Robin Williamson, Executive VP Of Customer Delivery At Messageone

Williamson is responsible for keeping billions of customer e-mails flowing smoothly through MessageOne's hosted e-mail continuity service during emergencies.
Photograph by Matthew Mahon
Robin Williamson
Executive VP of customer delivery at MessageOne

Interview by Larry Greenemeier

Robin Williamson, Executive VP Of Customer Delivery At Messageone

1
MANDATORY MESSAGE TRAIL
E-mail has become a fundamental method of communication both within companies and with customers and business partners. "Companies are required to keep their E-mail up and running and to track E-mails sent."

2
TARGET PRACTICE
Williamson lived for about 12 years in Switzerland, where he shared his skills as a marksman by training the country's military in compulsory annual exercises. "You had to help them get over whatever was keeping them from achieving the required score, whether it was lining up the end of the rifle, breathing, or their composure."

3
SPEED TRIALS
While in Switzerland, Williamson worked for IBM Research, building high-performance network protocols. "In the early days of high-speed networks, the hardware could operate at very high data rates, but when software protocols were layered on top, they bogged the network down."

4
ACTIVE IN AUSTIN
He now lives in Austin, Texas, where he coaches youth soccer. "Austin is a very outdoors kind of place, and it's an active technology center."

5
ROAD RALLY
Williamson is restoring a 1959 MGA Roadster that he plans to race in the 2008 Monte Carlo Rally. He even taught himself to weld. "The race takes you through some parts of the Alps and into Monte Carlo. It really captures the spirit of old rally racing."