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C-suite career advice: Rainer Held, MTI

Rainer Held

  Company: MTI

  Job Title: Senior Vice President, Finance

  Location: Wiesbaden, Germany

What was the most valuable piece of career advice that you received?

I have been with MTI since 1996, and prior to that held several positions in IT and the auto industry. I cannot recall a specific individual ever telling me to do this, but I watched those around me and learned from my peers and mentors.  As you gather experience in the role you have, you should always look ahead and around to see what you can learn from others.

What was the worst piece of business advice that you received?

My father and grandfather were both butchers. My father’s advice was to follow in the family tradition. Whilst butchers do a fine job, I am glad I didn’t take that advice.

What advice would you give to someone starting their career in the tech industry?

Steal with your eyes. Look ahead of your own nose. Learn from others.

What tips would you give to someone aiming for a c-level position?

Always deliver perfect work on time, on budget and with an air of understatement. Remember to be self-critical to constantly improve your own performance.

Are you particularly proud of any career advice that you’ve given or the career route/development of anyone you’ve mentored?

One of my team members joined our accounts team at MTI 14 years ago. She had finished her extra-occupational studies and I think we were her second employer. Initially her role was to manage AP and travel expenses for Germany only. After centralisation of all F&A functions into Germany we have built her up and she now runs almost all aspects of Finance for different regions independently. Being part of her progression and development has been very rewarding for our business and for me on a personal level.


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