Anikó Woods, Chief Marketing Officer, Animative Group

  • 2 Dec 2021 2:49 PM
Anikó Woods, Chief Marketing Officer, Animative Group
Anikó has spent her career working in technology and currently oversees the global marketing efforts for Animative Group. She spends her spare time singing songs from her favourite musicals, reading time travel novels, drinking wine, and enjoying the countryside with her husband and little dog, Lucy.

Anikó is also gifted napper, talker, and ice cream eater.

1. When did you arrive in Hungary and what brought you here?

I was raised in Canada by Hungarian parents and have been coming to Budapest since I was 4 years old. However, in 2017, after my step-children started their own lives, my husband and I decided to start a new adventure and move here to Budapest.

2. Have you ever been an expatriate elsewhere?

No - although my husband has been.

3. What surprised you most about Hungary?

How easy it was to make friends - both Hungarians and expats. I met so many wonderful and supportive people even in the first few weeks - and continue to as time goes on.

4. Friends are in Budapest for a weekend - what must they absolutely see and do?

The Gellert Baths. Possibly my most favourite place in the city. I try to get there as often as possible. Gorgeous and relaxing.

5. What is your favourite Hungarian food?

Túrós Csusza (Pasta with Cottage Cheese)

6. What is never missing from your refrigerator?

Hungarian Sparkling wine, English Cheddar cheese, and Irish Butter.

7. What is your favourite Hungarian word?

Érdekes. I seem to say it all the time…

8. What do you miss most from home?

The few members of my family still living in Canada - and maple sugar candy.

9. What career other than yours would you love to pursue?

I absolutely love what I do so its hard to imagine a different path. Perhaps be more of a champion for women executives working in technology? There aren’t enough of us!

10. What's a job you would definitely never want?

One where you couldn’t be creative, challenged, or free to see things from different perspectives.

11. Where did you spend your last vacation?

In Pula, Croatia. Wonderfully historic.

12. Where do you hope to spend your next holiday?

Somewhere that requires a plane - but without complicated COVID restrictions. I may be waiting a while…

13. Apart of temptation what can't you resist?

Yves Saint Laurent lipsticks.

14. What was your favourite band, film, or hobby as a teen?

Singing, dancing and acting. I was a musical theatre geek through and through. Still am.

15. Red wine or white?

Depends on the time of year.

16. Book or movie?

Book first. Movie second.

17. Morning person or night person?

Early mornings - so you don’t waste the day (and maybe have a power nap later).

18. Which social issue do you feel most strongly about?

Women’s Gynaecological Health. There is nowhere near enough treatment options, research or information available to women anywhere in the world. Especially regarding uterine tumours and hormonal issues. We need to stop making this a taboo subject and start talking about it.

19. Buda or Pest side?

Pest. Since that is where our Smart Home Showroom is ;)

20. What would you say is your personal motto?

Time is precious, waste it wisely.

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