Anaplan Strategic Account Executive Hanyul Lee loves making lists. Whether it’s a music playlist for a party, a list of tasks for the week ahead, or a list of fun places to take his daughter Maya, his life is ruled by lists. Fortunately, he found a spot on his to-do list—somewhere after “run a half marathon” and “get married”—to introduce himself for the People of Anaplan series.What hobbies or activities do you enjoy outside of work?I enjoy running and exercising, and recently completed the Brooklyn half marathon. I feel fortunate whenever I run in New York City, a place that people travel from around the world to visit. My normal running path takes me to the lower half of Manhattan and under famous bridges, with views of the Statue of Liberty on one side and One World Trade Center on the other. My wife and I also like finding that yet-to-be discovered spot in NYC where we can grab a great meal with solid wine and cocktails. Hanyul Lee and his wife Christine were all smiles at their recent wedding.When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?Growing up a Korean kid in suburban Minnesota, I was immersed in a very homogeneous environment. I spent most of my childhood trying to blend in as much as possible. In kindergarten, we were asked to draw a picture of what we wanted to be when we grew up. I peered over at my best friend’s picture, and copied his idea of “school principal”—but I actually aspired to be President of the United States. Suffice it to say, my Asian mother was not thrilled with either choice—for her, it was doctor or bust. Sorry (not sorry), mom! Have you always been interested in technology? If not, how did you become interested?There were general misgivings about technology companies when I graduated college during the dot-com collapse, so most of my peers and I found our first full-time jobs in finance or consulting. Even in the mid-2000s when I started working at Hyperion—and soon after when I left to help start an implementation company—I would introduce myself as a “consultant advising finance clients," not “someone implementing technology.” In hindsight, I can see that I placed finance and consulting above technology because of my own pride and ignorance. I didn’t fully embrace technology at the start of my career.I think maturing as an individual has helped me move from blindly assuming things to challenging what drives my personal and professional motivations. Objectively viewing the technology industry has allowed me to recognize its massive reach and scale, and this has inspired me to jump in with both feet—first at a small startup, and now with Anaplan. What’s your role at Anaplan, and how does your work impact Anaplan users?My title at Anaplan is Strategic Account Executive. Ultimately, my sales colleagues and I are tasked with creating revenue for Anaplan, but how we each go about achieving that is individual and subjective. I see my role as twofold:
- Bringing mid- to large-cap firms in New York through a journey from knowing about Anaplan to becoming a customer; and
- Advising these customers on how to maximize the value of our platform through connecting planning activities across their enterprises.