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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY Helene Ziese Global Accounts Manager Tokheim, Dover Fueling Solutions ...any characteristic which distinguishes you from the common features brings competitive advantages. What is the ‘boldest’ move you made at work? Joining the industry 25 years ago I was challenging the established major players in Europe, representing an independent family business, creating alliances with other similar local companies beyond the traditional way of distribution. There were many opponents but also believers and a tremendous support in the team of Shell backing our approach. Have you ever experienced challenges based on your gender within the industry? Yes, mainly at a younger age. Though tiresome, sexist remarks were never really the problem but when men indicated that the reason of success was female charm rather than my competences it was with the aim to downgrade the achievement. Being a woman in a predominantly male environment, and vice versa, is an advantage overall because you are different. I’m convinced that any characteristic which distinguishes you from the common features brings competitive advantages. Personally I believe that the uniqueness of each personality has stronger impact than the gender. What do you love about working within the oil and petroleum sector? I could say the challenging combination of forecourt technology & retail convenience but it’s all about the people - the personal encounters around the globe, the friends you make and the successes you celebrate as a team. There is something special about people once they get oil in their veins! n.b. Helene has recently announced she will be leaving the industry to pursue other challenges close to her heart. Mieke van Chastelet Marketing Manager Bever Innovations I am very ambitious and I still wanted the opportunity to grow in my position alongside raising a family. What is the ‘boldest’ move you made at work? At Bever Innovations I have started working part-time because I am a mother of small children. I am very ambitious and I still wanted the opportunity to grow in my position alongside raising a family. I received a lot of encouragement and support from my superiors. Have you ever experienced challenges based on your gender within the industry? My gender has never been a challenge in this industry. I think that when you work hard with lots of positivity and humour you will be valued in equal measure. What do you love about working within the oil and petroleum sector? Working at Bever Innovations means a perfect combination of innovations, technique and marketing. No day is ever the same, and with great growth potential it will continue to provide us with great challenges. Be bold for change this International Women’s Day and share your stories. Tag us on Twitter @erpecnewslive and use the hashtags #beboldforchange and #IWD2017 erpecnews is published by McLean Events, Conferences and Media Ltd. 21


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