Name: Zoltán SZABÓ
Company: BT Regional Operations Centre
Position: General Manager
AmCham Membership Category: Patron
Successful in BUILDING and TRANSFORMING functions; SOLVING COMPLEX PROBLEMS; LEADING teams and DEVELOPING TALENTs.
MBA/ Technical University of Budapest and Heriot Watt University (UK) (1995-1997)
MSc in Electrical Engineering/ Technical University of Budapest (1989-1995)
British Telecommunications Plc. (2014 - )
General Manager – EMEA Regional Operations Centre (ROC) Regional Hub Director - EMEA
Vodafone Hungary Ltd. (2002-2013)
Director of Customer Experience
Head of Online
Head of Technology Strategy and Business Planning
Head of IT Development and Operations
Head of Service Development
Head of Engineering
Radio Network Optimization manager
Ericsson Hungary Ltd. (2000-2002)
Head of System Engineering
Radio product manager
Andersen Consulting (1997-2000)
Process and Technology Consultant
- Hungarian - native
- English, German – fluent
- Russian, Spanish – preliminary level
Why do you think membership in the American Chamber of Commerce is important for businesses operating in Hungary?
Zoltán Szabó: American Chamber of Commerce represents majority of the large multinationals in Hungary, small and medium enterprises and non-profit organizations too. Throughout its extensive business and governmental network, AmCham is very successfully influences the policymaking in order to make the Hungarian economy more competitive.
Its well-established governance not only ensures that important business topics are selected for discussion but decision-making happens with sound pre work and detailed supporting material at hand, which reflects the harmonised view of the member companies.
What motivates you to be an AmCham President?
Z.SZ.: I not only mange a company of 2,500 but I am also a father of 4. Therefore, it is of paramount importance to me that Hungary becomes a place where youngsters go through world class education, can make use their talent and live a prosperous life.
AmCham not only acts in favour of the member companies but also influences the future of the Hungarian economy and thus helps the long-term economic competitiveness.
As the president of AmCham I will work on the transformation of our country to a better place on the short- as well as the long run for our economy as well as for our children.
Why do you feel you are qualified? What skills do you bring to the position of President?
Z.SZ.: Back in the mid-nineties, I started as consultant with one of the Big Four consultancy firms. I worked in three major multinational companies and gained experience in the field of telecom, IT and business.
I am a transformational leader with a strategic mindset and visionary thinking. I enjoy solving complex problems and I am good at working in and motivating small as well as large teams.
Throughout my career, I proved that I am good at managing stakeholders on various level, aligning conflicting views and working hard to turn a vision into reality.
How have you been active in AmCham over the course of the last two years?
Z.SZ.: I have been a Board member of AmCham since 2018. Our company is a Patron member for 3 years.
Last year I kicked off the Business Services Sector (BSS) initiative to improve the awareness and attractiveness of the industry. This initiative is unique. 24 companies are working together to re-position the BSS sector in Hungary. Strong cooperation was established among these companies and with the governmental stakeholders too.
I was also the AmCham Board representative in the Investment Policy Taskforce.
I helped students in their career decisions as an AmCham Career Ambassador in Hungary and as an AmCham representative in the Future Hungary Program for Hungarian students studying in the UK.