There's nothing like a little bit of added responsibility to test your mettle. In the past six months, G.M. O'Connell has gone from running a hot interactive agency, Modem Media, to managing an international holding company with 300 employees and a plethora of divisions.
|Display:||A one-time ski bum; combines New York-style cynicism with enthusiasm.|
|Drive:||Fiercely independent; even though Modem Media was acquired by True North, it retains its own identity and operating structure.|
|Power:||Multi-computered, with a Compaq and a Mac on the desktop, a Digital notebook computer and a U.S. Robotics Pilot to manage appointments, notes and schedules.|
|Performance:||Informal, but demanding and disciplined. Messy desk is cleared at start and end of day.|
|Networking:||Delegates to the hand-picked smart people around him, pointing them in the right direction and supporting them in their journeys.|
|Specs:||Sold recycled golf balls and started a house-painting business as a youth; began Modem Media with $15,000, a friend and a borrowed condo.|
Copyright March 1997, Crain Communications Inc.