Wednesday Woman: Renata Frolova, Maersk

I have been in Maersk since 1999. In my time in the company I have tried different types of work and have always been super excited by change management projects – looking for ways to do things better, with bigger impact, changing the way people think. When I saw the job add for Responsible Procurement a bit over four years ago, I thought: “wow, this is going to be an incredibly responsible way to bring the change about”, so I applied and four years later we have a global Responsible Procurement Programme with over 3000 supplier registered.

 

What is your name, position, country, age?

Renata Frolova, Head of Responsible Procurement in Maersk Group, born and raised in Belarus, matured in Denmark, age 37

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What is your educational background?

Maersk International Shipping Education, BSc n Philosophy and Rhetorics

How did you arrive in the position you are in today?

I have been in Maersk since 1999. In my time in the company I have tried different types of work and have always been super excited by change management projects – looking for ways to do things better, with bigger impact, changing the way people think. When I saw the job add for Responsible Procurement a bit over four years ago, I thought: “wow, this is going to be an incredibly responsible way to bring the change about”, so I applied and four years later we have a global Responsible Procurement Programme with over 3000 supplier registered.

What do you find most exciting about your job?

What I love about my job is that it provides avenues for learning, exposure to the international community of business people who think long term and the  opportunity to attribute to implementation of a new business paradigm.

What is your future aspirations?

Interaction and problem solving is incredibly important to me, and I am quite happy with the network of people in my current job. Of course the time will come to choose the next project but I would like to keep my cards close to my chest for the time being.

What is your best career advice?

Go for it! As Napoleon once said – ‘Fortune favours the bold!’. I have not had a moment of regret about making bold choices that make me feel alive.

How many days a year do you travel?

About 2 months a year.

If you could work with something else what would it be?

Editorial work, people development.