“If you give me a challenge, I’ll make it my challenge”
Before joining Expleo in 2015, I had worked for 15 years in an automotive Tier 1 company. If we wanted to try out something new, in a new territory, then I was the person who led the change. If you give me a challenge, I’ll make it my challenge, and I will lead from the front, providing a target for others to follow. Others may have different leadership styles, but my own is high-energy all-in commitment.
I am happy to follow others too. The automotive team at Expleo approached me to progress the company’s new turnkey programmes. There was no job description, other than to use my experience to make it work. Here are the keys, take us down the right street. I think when somebody recognises and believes in your abilities, it makes a huge difference to how you work.
It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do. We hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.
I was soon involved in a turnkey programme where we had end-to-end responsibility for the design and industrialisation of our client’s new station wagon. Not long after, we were doing something similar for another client.
Today, I’m based in Spain as Expleo Iberia COO, with the Spain and Portugal Operations for Automotive, Aeronautics and Railway under my watch. I’m working in sectors I have never worked in before, with exciting ambitions of expansion. Being back in my home country after more than 15 years on the move is fantastic, because the work-family balance is hugely important to me. Thankfully, it is important to Expleo too.