Xpat Interview: Robert Redeleanu, CEO of UPC Hungary & UPC Polska

  • 8 Apr 2019 4:48 PM
Xpat Interview: Robert Redeleanu, CEO of UPC Hungary & UPC Polska
Born in Romania, he received his diploma from the Bucharest University of Economic Studies and later completed an executive studies course at the University of Virginia. Father of two, he moved to Budapest with his family in 2016 to lead UPC Hungary.

1. When did you arrive in Hungary and what brought you here?
I arrived to Hungary in 2016 as my responsibility within UPC has been extended also to lead UPC Hungary on top of my at that point existing CEO position of UPC Romania.

2.  Have you ever been an expatriate elsewhere?
Indeed, I worked in the FMCG sector in the Russia-Ukraine-Belorussia region earlier, but was already familiar with the Central and Eastern European markets as well, in particular with Romania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia before coming to Hungary.

3. What surprised you most about Hungary?
The innovative spirit of Hungarians, the professionalism of my colleagues, hospitality and straight approach of people and the wonderful cuisine of Hungary and also how different the Hungarians and the Hungarian culture are from the major European culture families such as  the Slavic, Latin or German.

4. Friends are in Budapest for a weekend - what must they absolutely see and do?
I have probably seen most of the landmarks more often than some of the naturally born Budapesters as I frequently guide my friends coming to town. I always show them the vibrant city center of this metropolis, the great restaurants, the monumental Parliament and take them for a walk to Margit Sziget or the Castle-area. I would definitely suggest to have a short 1 hour rented boat trip on the Danube, it’s wonderful.

5. What is your favourite Hungarian food?
Definitely the good old Hungarian goulash.

6. What is never missing from your refrigerator?
My kids adore Túró Rudi and I usually have a reserve of goose liver and a good bottle of wine.

7. What is your favorite Hungarian word?
According to my colleagues it is probably “hogy” (the conjunctive “that”), since they always smile at me when I say it during my short Hungarian speeches, in which I believe they build this word in every sentences on purpose.

8. What do you miss the most from home?
My close family moved to Hungary with me, so we are settled well in Hungary though I sometimes miss my friends, the wider family and a bit noisy but always vibrant home town.

9. What career other than yours would you love to pursue?
I love my job, it happens that it is also my main passion, working with people and leading businesses in diverse geographies. But I would have definitely liked to be a pilot. Actually this would not make my life much different, I am flying so often.

10. Where did you spend your last vacation? 
I was skiing in Austria with my family.

11. Where do you hope to spend your next one?
We plan to travel to Sicily, a place where we could easily combine the perfect weather, the sea, the excellent food, the history old architecture and sport leisure such as golf.

12. What was your favorite band, film, or hobby as a teen?
As for most of us, taste just matures as wine. I started out as a metal rock fan as a teenager, then slowly changed to like softer rock to finally arrive to enjoy jazz music.

13. Apart of temptation what can't you resist?
A good Cuban cigar is definitely something that I cannot resist especially after a good dinner on very special occasion.

14. Red wine or white?

15. Book or movie?
I buy books and then I watch movies. We watch movies with the family, especially in holiday seasons. Being at UPC where movies and TV are key features of our service, I am fortunate to have access to them easily and directly.

16. Morning person or night person?
I am rather a night person, colleagues now have learned not to invite me to early morning meetings.

17. Which social issue do you feel most strongly about?
It is definitely education. Both access to and the form of education are important. Quality education for kids and specialized education to businesses, employees and adults, such as online courses are laying the basis for a better, more progressive and innovative world. This is definitely one important area where the positive social impact and the benefits of digitalization can reach out to many.

18. Buda side or Pest side?
I live on the Buda side, with family it is more convenient, but I also like the business and the vibrant atmosphere of Pest.

19. What would you say is your personal motto?
Enjoying what you are doing, it helps a lot to excel in work and be positive in private life. And have a belief that defines who I am: There is nothing more beautiful than to realize you are something more you were the day before.

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