leaders talk by the female factor – Episode 6 – Maria Zesch, CEO of TAKKT
Quote: everything we do we measure: are we good in getting up our revenues? Are we good at achieving our cash flow? So why not measure how many women we have on board positions?
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In this episode, Maria Zesch, the CEO of TAKKT – a large B2B retailer for business equipment, discusses her superpower as a female leader, and the importance of having a broad perspective when it comes to leadership and choosing your team. She shares more about the decision of changing careers at the age of 48 and how the business scene in Austria looks like for mothers who also want to pursue a career. Maria also talks about the importance of being a quota fan and supporting D&I strategies in order to bring more women in board positions and shares the commitment she is making in her company to help more women rise to the top.
Maria Zesch: Maria has been a Chief Commercial Officer and Board Member of a leading European telecommunications company and just recently decided to make an interesting change in her career, becoming the CEO of TAKKT – which is a large B2B retailer for business equipment with 2.500 employees in Europe and North America. And you are also a Supervisory Board Member in the energy and telco sector.
She is a senior customer-oriented executive with more than 10 years in CXO functions. She has a proven growth track record and extensive Sales, Service, Marketing and Digital experience in telco, ICT, consulting. She is driving change and growth by transforming organizations and is a digital innovator and influential leader who drives IOT, 5G, Big Data, NB-IOT, cloud business, agile transformation, Tribe-led organization development.
Mahdis Gharaei: Mahdis is the co-founder & co-ceo of the female factor. She’s a passionate diversity advocate, business woman and opportunity maker by heart with a particular focus on creating cross-border relationships thanks to her Persian roots. Before starting the female factor she served as one of the youngest general managers of an international airline and had leadership roles at non-profit organisations such as the World Affairs Council, AustrianStartups and Female Founders.
About the female factor: The female factor is a global community for the next generation of female leaders, enabling them to get their seat at the table. The brand recently launched Europe’s first job platform connecting female job seekers with inclusive companies.
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