Five questions for Kay Saunders
Head Of Global Fleet Operations Kay Saunders on team building, daily curveballs, and superpowers.
What’s the best part of your job?
The teams I work with. The fleet operations and fleet digital teams are so collaborative and supportive. They’re such go-getters, nothing’s ever too much trouble. And they’re fun, inventive, eager, and…now I’ve run out of words.
What’s something you’ve done here at Polestar that you’re immensely proud of?
Building that team. Seeing people develop, grow, and move on within the organization to develop and grow even more. It’s great to support the new superstars of tomorrow by recruiting the right people that stay within Polestar.
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Super hearing to match the eyes in the back of my head (a mum superpower I already have).
How does the reality of your job compare with what people think you do?
Since I have no idea on a daily basis what the day will bring, I am sure no one else has an idea of what I do. We do have plans and a thorough roadmap for fleet systems development but as you all know, curveballs arrive every day in the Polestar world. All I can say is that my day is action-packed, jammed full, and I often work many hours (or am I just inefficient?).
Would you rather have to read aloud every time you read, or sing everything you say?
Read aloud. I do it all the time anyway. I’m at the stage of life where I have to repeat every story 10 times a day which makes the youngsters roll their eyes and say, “oh no, she's repeating herself again”. And to sing everything, I’d need something stronger than coffee, but I’m not sure that’s something for during the workday.
Design Fest Ghent: caramel, corn, and circular creations
When visiting Ghent this spring, one may have caught the smell of caramel, sugar cane, and corn. Especially around Brabantdam 31. Not because the circus was in town, but because of another event. Design Fest Ghent, a new biennial design festival, showcases ground-breaking designs and sustainable innovations. Like the sweet-smelling, circular creation BreaZea.