Meet John Waddy, Global Product Development Director

In each edition of bInformed, we interview a different member of the Bravura Solutions’ team. In this edition, we talk to John Waddy, Global Product Development Director


Which office do you work out of?
I split my time between Auckland, Gurgaon and London, with visits to Melbourne and Warsaw. The Sonata development team is split across all of those locations so traveling is an essential part of the job!

How long have you been with Bravura Solutions?
I joined the company in January 2008 and have had the opportunity to work in a number of roles around the world since then.

What does your role entail, what are your main areas of responsibility?
I am proud to lead the Sonata development division within the company. My day to day role includes helping to direct development projects and support initiatives for change across the teams.

What are your views on Bravura Solutions’ achievements, which achievements in particular stand out for you, and why?
Bravura is so different from when I started with the company. Since then there have been several acquisitions and we have seen the exponential growth of Sonata. The company has successfully maintained both its coherence and its clear direction whilst absorbing all that change. Even in difficult times we stick with our customers and the dedication of our own staff in supporting this is something that I feel proud of. It gives us the confidence which is the basis of our success.

Where do you see Bravura Solutions heading, what is your vision for Bravura’s future?
I believe that Sonata has a very bright future – we are seeing that with the sales pipeline that we have. We need to build on the success of our early Sonata implementations and help our customers drive more efficiency, whether that be within initial implementations or when upgrading. We are focused on improvements to our delivery models to continuously speed up implementation of new functionality to our customers.

What are your personal interests, what do you enjoy doing outside of work at Bravura Solutions?
I enjoy traveling and have been fortunate enough to have visited many parts of the world. I am a rugby (union) fan so being in NZ is a great place to be for that.

Who is/has been your role model, why?
This is always an interesting question since most people have many people who have influenced them.

I am a great fan of two American writers – F Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. Both were flawed characters that lived life on the edge but, despite that, they were dedicated to their profession and it was hard work that drove most of their success.

One of my first bosses had an interesting way of managing his staff. He used to insist that, when asking for anything, you walked in to his office with a relevant document. He would never read the document but would discuss the matter with you and then write down the action in one line on the document and give it back to you. No other record! The point he was making was that most decisions can be made by yourself and you were trusted to carry them out. It focused me on becoming more self-sufficient in the way I went about things.

What do you view as your biggest personal achievement?
I don’t think there is one specific moment which I would select in response to this question. Like all of us we have had many achievements both professional and personal. However I would say that I strive to provide consistency and fairness in the way I deal with people and, looking back over my career, I believe that I have done that.