Head of Sales, Hawle Poland
Tell us about your career path, and what led you to your current role?
I started my adventure at Hawle as a technical consultant in 2002, when I was in my final year of college. Then I worked in the sales department including offer and tender development. In 2008 I became Head of the Sales department and for the first time, I had leadership responsibility for a team too. Two years later I have been promoted to Sales Director and since a few years, I´m an authorized signatory.
What do you see as the most challenging aspect of working in the water industry?
The biggest challenges are to provide modern and surprising technologies for our industry. The water supply industry must contribute to the creation of "Smart City" systems. It is not only about access to cheap and high-quality drinking water, but also about the quality of the discharged wastewater, energy efficiency and the recovery of raw materials.
What keeps you motivated in your career?
People and personal development. These two factors have always strongly influenced my life. I´m lucky that Hawle supported me in my personal development. I was able to attend a lot of schools and courses, which educate me to lead and build up committed teams. I enjoy seeing how people outgrow and strengthen their self-confidence. The human factor is the most beautiful and most difficult element of my work. Of course, sales successes, completed orders and every new customer is a source of energy for me!
What was the best experience you had at Hawle?
I spend almost half of my life at Hawle. Therefore, it´s hard to name "the" best experience. Looking back, I would say that the development of employees is one of the most exciting experiences. As well, the development of Hawle Poland, the entire Hawle Austria Group and my personal progress make me proud. I´m very happy to have the opportunity to constantly meet new people.
Who is your biggest role model and why?
I don´t have one person as a role model. I am inspired by different people, especially personal contact gives me energy and driving force.
If you had advice for your 18-year-old self, what would it be?
Always be yourself. Search, ask, be curious about people and the world.
How do you personally define success?
My definition of success: Do good creates good business.
"Meeting is the beginning; agreeing is progress; working together is success." (Henry Ford)