Mario Štefanec - COTRUGLI

“Thank you, CBS, for the inspiration, colleagues and knowledge that helped me to get where I am today.”

I’ve started my business career almost twenty years ago as a young computer science engineer in the Croatian branch of a prominent international ICT company. I have never dreamed life will take me where I am today. However, my business path did not happen by chance, it was steered by the decisions I took.   

The first important decision I made was to change the industry I worked in and the town I was living in some six years down my career path. I was again working in the branch of a large multinational company but in a role with somewhat different responsibilities than before. Very soon my focus completely switched from ICT to business. My engineering education and background prepared me well for tackling business challenges, but I was missing a number of skills and business-related experience. Hence, the second important decision I made was to get a formal business education.  

Flexibility of the COTRUGLI Business school, its location, international accreditation and Experience MBA program I went through convinced me that COTRUGLI was the best choice for me. In two years of the EMBA program COTRUGLI staff took me through all the relevant business processes, skills and areas, from HR, Leadership, Marketing and Sales all the way to Accounting, basic and advance Finance. Lectures, business cases and exams were interlaced with networking opportunities and meeting colleague student from different companies and business backgrounds. Truly rewording, but also demanding two years of my life. 

Just before the graduation I made the third big decision that took me where I am today. Again, change of the industry and position, from young ICT engineer thirteen years down the road I ended up heading sales and marketing organisation, this time in the Croatian, privately owned company. I instantly got an opportunity to use all the skills and knowledge COTRUGLI kindly provided. Today, six years after graduating from CBS, I hold the position of Chief Commercial Officer and Board Member of Rasco, one of the largest professional road maintenance equipment manufacturers in Europe. Croatian company that stands proud shoulder to shoulder to its international rivals, sells its products in more than forty markets worldwide and is not afraid to set new standards in municipal market segment.  

Thank you, CBS, for the inspiration, colleagues and knowledge that helped me to get where I am today. It is yet to be seen what tomorrow will bring.