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My name is Sandra.
Actually, I also have a middle name. But it’s only on my birth certificate – Maria. So my name is Sandra Maria. My mother figured that Sandra Maria sounds like Santa Maria. After all, that’s the song that has accompanied her and my father to the altar. The marriage has lasted for more than 35 years. So, it seems to be a good sign.
I am 34 years old and was born in Vienna.
I have always been a bundle of energy.
Tennis is my longest relationship and my greatest constant in life.
Let your kids play tennis.
You won't regret it, I promise! 🙂
But back to me and my life. First of all. None of my stages was planned a la 5-year plan. I was always very versatile when it came to my interests. In the lower grades of high school, I didn’t even know whether I wanted to go in the technical or the economic direction. The logical consequence was to stay in high school and continue my education. For me it was then clear, that I would study. I can’t remember exactly why. The studies were supposed to position me, to find a cool, well-paid job in a well-known company later on.
Somehow, that's exactly how it happened.
I know that my way into the Daimler Group wasn't really viable. BUT it worked.
Human Resources... damn... didn't I want to be in super cool marketing?!
when I met Walter Schaff...
(Attention, this is not a love story!).
Walter used to be a top-level manager at Daimler. E2 is what they call it internally. HR Director for the entire Asian region. Wow. A hierarchical level that resembled a demigod, back in 2007. Walter didn’t give a damn. Hierarchy or not. I had been with him for less than 3 days and he promptly placed various tasks on my desk, the little intern, and said “go for it”. Highly untypical. I liked him a lot from day 1. He was completely unconventional and liked to cross boundaries, or rather, dance right past them. To conclude the Daimler part in the right way…
Daimler is, if I think about it, next to tennis, my 2nd longest relationship.
Then came Corona and reduced working hours.
He wanted to tell me about his start-up - Talknow.
But I loved it!
Building a company from scratch and making it work absolutely matches my athletic ambition. And by that, I don’t mean being easy. On the contrary. If I had been looking for security, it wouldn’t have driven me away from the ready-made nest of a large corporation.
I joined Talknow as CMO.
In the meantime, Walter has stepped back a bit and given me the reins. Together with my team, we are now trying to make the world a little bit better with Talknow. My professional life is certainly more uncertain than ever, but I feel I am up to the challenge.