- Area Director of Sales and Marketing
- InterContinental Osaka
Date of birth: Oct. 30, 1974
Hometown: Nova Dubnica, Slovakia
Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 1.5 (as of June 2018)
I don’t believe in coincidences. In 2014, my husband and I visited Japan on holiday and we stayed at the InterContinental Osaka where my husband gave me a ring for my 40th birthday during breakfast at Noka. Three years later, I came back, this time as a member of the team. There was clearly some sense of destiny for me with Japan and this hotel.
I don’t have one single motto in life, as things keep changing and evolving. I believe it is our duty to give back, to leave a legacy and to contribute. That is what I am trying to achieve through my work and in my personal life.
Without a single second of hesitation, it’s seeing my teams grow. I love watching young people take initiative, think for themselves, come out of their shells, develop creative ideas and express their points of view. That has always been my biggest thrill and has given me a sense of satisfaction and achievement. When the team thrives, results will always follow.
I have fallen in love with Japan. Its energy is unbelievably strong, yet soothing, and I am keen to absorb as much as I can. I feel extremely at home and realize every single day how lucky I am to have the opportunity to experience this great country and its people. At this point in my life, I want to enjoy every day as it comes and stay present.
Every person is different. We all have different ways of adapting, but I recommend to observe and listen first — don’t jump into any actions or conclusions before you understand the culture at least a little bit. Listen to your intuition, take your time, go with the flow, but be yourself at the same time.