What we learned from Andrea Marini’s appearance on SBJ's podcast

09.09.21

by Editorial Staff

Our very own Andrea Marini (Deputy CEO & Group Chief Commercial Officer of Deltatre) recently appeared on SportsBusinessJournal’s I Factor podcast series, discussing his career path and experiences with Deltatre.

Below you can find some of the key learnings from the session

09.09.21

by Editorial Staff

Our very own Andrea Marini (Deputy CEO & Group Chief Commercial Officer of Deltatre) recently appeared on SportsBusinessJournal’s I Factor podcast series, discussing his career path and experiences with Deltatre.

Below you can find some of the key learnings from the session

How did your upbringing influence your career path, and how did you get started at Deltatre?

Andrea reflected on his youth and the experience of growing up around a flourishing business environment:

“I was lucky enough to grow up in a family of entrepreneurs. I saw my father building the business every day… The company (Deltatre) is 35 years old, and I’m 35 years old. […] When I was a kid, I wanted to do what my father was doing. While some kids wanted to become pilots or astronauts, I wanted to work for Deltatre.”

“When I was young, I was going with my father to events and seeing him working in the background. […] I learned about the operations in the field, which was very useful. I was then working as a freelancer for Deltatre, and one day they called me […] they had some openings that fit my profile, and then I started.”

During your early career, what was the biggest risk that you took at Deltatre?

“When I joined Deltatre, we were very European focused, with offices and clients in Europe. When I joined the company, instead of staying in my comfort zone, I decided to travel to Asia and try to expand the business on the other side of the world. That was one of the biggest bets of my early career.”

What’s your approach to hiring at Deltatre? If you have an opening, how do you go about filling that opening with good people?

“We’re a tech company, but we’re a people business. People are what make the difference. We consider Deltatre a family, and we try to stick to those values.”

“We look for very talented people, but also very diverse people. We need a mixture of skills and expertise from all around the world, and from different cultures.”

This passion for worldwide talent and diversity speaks to the global footprint of Deltatre, and the importance of connecting with different cultures.

“We also have a very good talent acquisition team, and they do an amazing job. It’s a small team, but it’s incredibly effective. They’re able to find people from all around the world.”

In your opinion, what does the sports industry need to do better?

Andrea returned to the idea of industry diversity and inclusion, which is not only at the core of Deltatre’s recruitment policy, but also prominent across the entire business.

“I’d say inclusion and diversity. We’re putting a lot of effort into this as Deltatre, and it’s at the centre of many of our global initiatives.”

“I’d also say educating young people who are looking for executive careers in sport. Banking, consulting, and marketing – with these industries, you more or less know where to go. Sport is an incredibly attractive industry with incredible potential, and so maybe we should be putting more effort into education.”

What’s the best career advice that you’ve given?

“Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and listen to people. Everyone makes mistakes, so just learn from these experiences and always do your best.”

To watch the podcast in full, check out the link below:

https://www.sbjtv.com/detail/videos/sbj-i-factor/video/6266279233001/2021-sbj-i-factor-andrea-marini?autoStart=true