Andrei was the first ever MACH hire of our Romania subsidiary, who joined the company back in 2007. His story is a fascinating one, as it proves the power of our MACH program, empowering young, ambitious talent to build a great career within Microsoft.
So, who is Andrei? 30 years old; married with Andreea, two kids—Radu (3.5 years) and Irina (9 months); loves all kind of outdoor sports and mountain activities; graduated from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest as Master in International Management and Marketing, and right after his studies joined Microsoft Romania’s MACH program.
Looking back, Andrei appreciates the formalized education received through the MACH program, which he considers excellent: “The other positive outcome was the community that we have built. After almost 10 years, I am still in close contact with my friends from Italy, Spain, Oman, Germany, and Finland. While with some of them we are still colleagues and others have moved to different challenges, the constant part of all our interactions is the mutual trust and positive attitude we have set as a foundation in the 30 days we spent together in Lisbon in February 2007 as part of our MACH induction program.”
For Andrei, the MACH program has enriched his professional life and accelerated his learning curve—not least through the exposure to other markets, cultures and mentalities—and opening up invaluable networking opportunities. “In the MACH community I feel connected to the entire company, I can bring my ideas forward, validate with my colleagues and mentors from the community, and create the environment to drive the impact we are all looking for.”
Today, almost ten years later, Andrei is Account Director in EPG, working closely with the top enterprises in the country. He’s passionate about his job—that provides him with almost unlimited opportunities to continuously learn, challenge, grow, and be successful. “Today, I am meeting and working with people that I only read about in the newspapers or saw on TV, which is just incredible. I love to closely engage and drive executive-level conversations with our customers about how our technology can help transform their business and accelerate growth.”
For Andrei, the MACH Program is a strategic investment in Microsoft’s future growth. “The simple fact that in the 10 years after I’ve started as a MACH, moving between all sales departments, from OEM/ CCG to SMS&P and EPG, I always found deep meaning that motivates, challenges and excites me every day, is testament to this.”