Marc Zimmermann, Business Development Manager
Geberit International Sales AG, Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland
Before I came to Geberit in 2001, I worked for several years as a sheet-metal worker and plumber and then studied to become a sanitation engineer.
I then joined Geberit and worked in various functions at the Jona site, in China and South Africa. I am currently a Business Development Manager and responsible for the OGI Project (OGI = organic growth initiative) in Russia. The question here is primarily how we can successfully position Geberit in this growth market with the right products and then expand further. Together with the local Managing Director, I am responsible for implementation in the Russian market and travel regularly to St. Petersburg and Moscow. In addition, I also support our branch office in South Africa with strategic projects.
What is really intriguing about my work is that I have to deal with cultural considerations which go beyond good professional and market knowledge. In order to successfully support local employees, it is important to understand different cultures and their mentalities. There are many reasons why I enjoy working at Geberit. Above all, I have always enjoyed the international aspect. In the ten years that I have worked for the company, I have been able to participate in or run projects in 30 countries. At Headquarters, I work closely together with all of the internal departments on the implementation of projects, from Marketing and Project Management to Product Development and Sales. That's what makes my work so interesting and multi-faceted.