The fact that Mike Szewczyk, 24 years old, is a Pole living in Greece, is already quite unusual. But that he’s not only passionate about high-tech and entrepreneurship, but also behavioral economics, and that he loves to run marathons and to hang out with his boxer dog (called Rubi, named after Kaiser Chief’s most popular song! ) makes him even more extraordinary…
For his young age, Mike has already an impressive track record. He studied International Economics at the Athens University of Economics and Business, as well as Business Management at the EM Strasbourg Business School. Before joining Microsoft, he launched his own startup companies, co-founded the first student entrepreneurship club in Greece, participated in boards of NGOs fighting for human rights and pan European integration, and not least interned in Google’s marketing team. WOW – that’s impressive!
So how did Mike become a Microsoft MACH? He has joined the Consumer Channel Group (CCG) team in Greece in 2015 as an intern, and in March 2016, he moved to the MACH program and took over a Channel Executive role, in charge of managing key Retail accounts, and executing important CCG projects, such as the digital product distribution implementation, or the RFI competition for Retail distributor selection in Greece.
When asked, what is the most exciting part of his job, he is very outspoken: “Being able to influence and see live the ongoing transformation of our market through our partners. Moreover, there is nothing more rewarding than developing the relationship with them, by abandoning the “old school” supplier customer relationship, and establishing a true business partnership instead.”
For Mike, the MACH program is one of the key reasons his friends want to work for Microsoft. “Within just 6 months, I have had plenty of opportunities to network with senior colleagues from my region, access to executive leadership, participate in inspiring TED-like presentations, mingled, exchanged ideas and experiences with fellow MACHs from around the world, improved my skills through great customized trainings, removed my own mindset’s boundaries; all resulting in the acceleration of my learning curve and enrichment of both, my personal and professional lives. I feel privileged to be given such a unique opportunity to learn and grow, and I would highly recommend it to everyone starting his/ her career.” Doesn’t this say it all?