What kind of roles have you had and how did you end up in those positions?
Wanting to take on more responsibilities and challenging roles, I got the opportunity when Outotec acquired Larox, to head and establish the Outotec office in Zambia, as a General Manager and Head of Services for Central Africa in 2011. I relocated to Kitwe, Zambia and this was a steep learning curve. Out of my comfort zone, in a new country and to establish an office with no prior experience seemed very daunting. However, I was very fortunate to have supportive mentors and instead of risks, I began to see opportunities to setup a unique regional center and to empower our local resources.
I was offered a short-term assignment to provide leadership role in setting up Outotec Middle-East Service business as a Director of Services based in Abu-Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Capital Business in Middle-East was booming, which prompted attention to establish service business. After spending 8 months in the Middle East, I was given a huge opportunity to work in Shanghai, China, as a Director of Services for Market Area China & North Asia in 2013.