Magdalena Roel graduated with an MBA (Executive) in 2011. Her extensive work experience across five different countries belies her 35 years.
Magdalena is currently Manager, Lubricants Marketing for Caltex Australia having previously spent seven years with BP while based out of London. In July 2011 Magdalena was featured on the cover of BOSS magazine as part of the 'Emerging Leader 2011' feature.
I made my career choice because ... working in the international oil and gas business was exhilarating and provided me with a multitude of international opportunities.
If I had known then what I know now, I would have ... still made the same choice. I have learned from, and enjoyed every facet of my career to date.
My most impressive achievement is ... my adaptability and ability to learn and deliver results in very different environments and roles - from working as a policy advisor in world trade in London, to overseeing mergers and acquisition projects in India to leading the marketing strategy development globally for the Chemicals division of BP. In Australia I developed and implemented the business strategy which moved the Caltex Lubricants business from a number five position in terms of profitable market share to a very strong number two in the space of 18 months.
My most exhilarating experience so far has been ... professionally there have been many, but being immersed in a completely new working environment as a policy advisor on world trade in London immediately comes to mind. It tapped into one of my passions and certainly allowed for a steep learning curve and the ability to make a significant difference.
My biggest unrealised wish is ... none so far, I tend to seize opportunities as they arise.
Others say I am ... according to my 360 leadership and performance reviews (mechanisms that capture anonymous feedback from direct reports, peers and superiors), I am perceived to have strong strategic thinking and interpersonal skills. It probably helps that I love people and am a fairly outgoing individual!
At the moment I'm inspired by ... the Australian landscape and community, every day brings new (pleasant) surprises.