Michael R. Benson, 2010 Honoree

Title
Executive vice president, CIO
Employer
The DIRECTV Group Inc.
Location
El Segundo,, Calif.
First job:
Flipping hamburgers at McDonald's.
Most valuable career advice:
"Stay focused and be determined to execute well."
Favorite vice:
"Drinking an excellent bottle of wine."
Title you'd like to hold someday:
"Chief peace maker."
Would you advise young people to pursue an IT career?
"Yes, and I would have them focus on understanding the business and how technology can enhance the business."
If I were not in this business, I would probably be...
"a professional singer."
Best mentoring relationship:
"A previous boss who now is a very good friend."
Favorite gadget:
Nintendo Wii
Passions outside of work:
Golf and singing
Favorite sport:
Baseball
What's in your MP3 or CD player right now?
Frank Sinatra
A recent great read:
The Glass Castle: A Memoir, by Jeannette Walls
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