"I was given many great opportunities, and I made the most of them."
Following many years spent working in Beijing and Fuzhou, Alexandra Straßburger has brought valuable insights for her work and the needs of the Chinese market back to Germany. Now, as Director of Sales Operations for Mercedes-Benz Cars, she is driving the digitalisation of sales. We asked her about working and living with a family abroad and why her current position has brought her full circle.
Alexandra Straßburger (43) started in 2002 as a trainee on the former DaimlerChrysler Career Partnership Program at Mercedes-Benz. Her enthusiasm for the individuals in the company, their skills and motivation has remained unbroken ever since. Her first assignment abroad in China became a key experience for the University of Konstanz Graduate of Public Administration. She was there for so long that her local colleagues even gave her a nickname: Big sister A. Her two sons, aged ten and twelve, are growing up speaking three languages: German, English and Chinese. She manages to find time for voluntary work despite all her professional and family commitments: She is co-CEO of the non-profit organisation UMAI – Help for Kyrgyzstan. She founded the organisation with a former colleague from Kyrgyzstan to provide targeted support for local people. What started with donations of clothes now helps to finance a children's home, a workshop and a sports centre for people with disabilities.