5 Minutes With... Hannes Neunhaeuserer

Richard Brewer-Hay

I’m still working on next week’s Feel Good Friday post (it involves an extraordinary story from eBay Platinum Powerseller Larry Phillips) but in the meantime I wanted to share my latest “5 Minutes…” with.

Hannes Neunhaeuserer

I met Hannes Neunhaeuserer while I was visiting the German eBay offices last year. (The scarf above should have given away the fact that he’s European). He works in Internal Communications over there and is one of the nicest guys I met on my trip. He just stopped by my cube yesterday while he was here on business and I managed to take the above picture of him and ask him the “5 Minutes with…” questions.

So without further ado, I give you 5 Minutes with… Hannes Neunhaeuserer:

Full Name: Hannes Neunhaeuserer
Nickname: Sigima
Official Title: Manager, European Customer Support (EUCS) Internal Communications
What You Really Do: I’m in contact regularly with the the hearts, minds and hands of our business, working with the team to find ways to connect our community to our business and our employees. Relating stories with one another.
Your First Day at eBay: Jan 20, 2005
Education/Schooling: Graduated in late 2004 from the University of Klagenfurt (Austria) in communications, back at school right now doing an MBA.
Interests: Rock climbing and dancing the Tango… what a weird combination
Favorite Quote: Cool heat, warm heart and working hands!
Most memorable eBay experience: Bought an oil filter for a motorbike in New Zealand as part of an internal cross-boarder trade competition. I didn’t win the contest, I don’t have a motorbike, but I do own a brand-new oil filter. Anyone interested in oil filters?
Most recent eBay purchase/sale: I bought an economics book for my studies, bought it on eBay.com from a seller in Malaysia, who offered free-shipping to US. I picked it up yesterday as I was visiting my colleagues in San Jose from Germany. On the cover of the book it says: “Not available in the U.S.A. and Canada”. Well, with eBay it was!
Favorite Albums: Return to Forever by Chick Corea – I saw them live and I was blown away!
Favorite Movies: The Lives of Others – a fascinating Stasi drama set in East Germany in 1984.
What You Wanted to Be Growing Up: Professional skier. Unfortunately, I wasn’t good enough.

Fill in the blanks:
I should have gone out yesterday.
I wish that I could speak Finnish.
The first thing I do when I get to work is saying hello to my dear colleagues in the Berlin office.

I just watched The Lives of Others with my wife a few weeks ago and loved it. Really glad I was able to grab 5 minutes with Hannes before he heads back to Germany.