Andreas Papadimitriou, EMBA 2015
VP Finance and Controlling
Global Online Takeaway Group (Rocket Internet Venture)
Andreas, you changed careers and sectors while doing your EMBA, what influence did the Kellogg-WHU EMBA have on your career move?
Kellogg-WHU greatly influenced my career change. Most people who sign up for an MBA have the ambition to change their career in one way or the other. Some are seeking promotion, some are looking for a career shift, and some just want to be better at what they do - but everyone wants a change. You expect the change in advance. What you cannot expect is the force with which this change comes to you. A top level EMBA like Kellogg-WHU exposes you to so many interesting courses and people (professors and colleagues), it is certain that no matter what you are currently doing, you will feel the urge to change and try something new.
What were your biggest challenges when you switched from the corporate to the startup world? How did the EMBA help you overcome those challenges?
I guess the biggest challenges for me were the new startup culture full of young energetic people with very little structure (the business model of the venture I now work for, which is very different from what I did in the past) and the speed and pace of things that are now 3 times as fast as they used to be.
The EMBA helped me overcome all these challenges: First of all, it exposed me to so many different cultures and people that I learned to manage personal and work relationships much more effectively. Furthermore, the EMBA turned me into a better manager and made me more conscious of my management style, which helped a lot as the structure and the size of my team changed. Additionally, as I met many people with new business ideas and backgrounds during the EMBA program, I gained experience in learning about and digesting new business models. Finally, the EMBA gave me incredible academic and professional insights and increased my confidence as an executive. This was especially helpful when I had to manage projects that were moving full-speed.