A Glaswegian in sunny California

A Glaswegian in sunny California

Andrew McLennan is a Chief Strategy Officer in the USA


1) Why did you leave Scotland?

Work – our start-up was achieving so much traction in the USA that it made more sense to spend the bulk of our time there.

2) Where did you grow up and at what age did you leave Scotland?

I grew up in Glasgow, and lived much of my life there until I left age 38.

3) What is your job/sector and how many countries have you lived in?

I am current Chief Strategy Officer at Metaforic, which is a software security company. I’ve lived in Dubai, the USA and the UK.

4) Which citizenship do you have?


5) What do you talk about when you meet other Scots who live abroad?

How good the weather is here! And how much we miss things like fried breakfasts…

6) Are there any Scottish products you would like to be able to buy?

I miss breakfasts mostly. Square sausage, tattie scones, haggis, black pudding and good bacon. I’ve finally found acceptable link sausage here…

7) Did you ever regret moving abroad?

The only regret I have is not seeing family and friends. That’s the hardest thing to live with day to day.

8) What about the independence referendum coming up? How will it affect you and Scotland’s international image?

I think it will be a positive actually. Scotland is really well regarded in the USA and this might make us more of a ‘real country’ and a place to do business.

Independence will probably have little direct effect on me as I live full time in California.

9) What are your three favourite things about Scotland?

The smart, capable and friendly people we have, the great schools and universities, the sense of place and history.

10) Are there any plans for living in Scotland again and do you have a message for Scots back home?

We plan to stay in the USA indefinitely, but make frequent visits.

I think we Scots should look outward, many other countries love who we are and are willing to hear us, so use that and celebrate it.

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