17 and a Half Questions with Vanessa Stützle

In collaboration with Generation CEO, we present you 17 and a half questions to inspiring female leaders. First up in a three-part series, we have Vanessa Stützle, CDO at Douglas Group and member of the Management Board. This inspirational leader has big plans for the future, including an exciting job change

by Natascha Zeljko | 10 Aug, 2022
17 and a Half Questions with Vanessa Stützle

1.  What excites me about my job…

Shaping and changing the beauty industry through innovation.

2.  What frustrates me sometimes…

When things don't work as fast as I would like.

3.  My secret dream job

CEO of LUQOM Group – which will materialize from September 2022 😊

4.  My top strategy for surviving a really bad day at the office

Focus on the successes and the overall strategy.

5.  How I get into the flow

When I am able to make a big difference together with the team.

6.  Biggest success so far

Growing DOUGLAS into the largest premium beauty platform in Europe with 1.2 billion in e-commerce sales in fiscal year 2021.

7.  My greatest defeat

Professional life always consists of successes and failures – the important thing is that the successes outweigh the failures and that you have a positive attitude.

8.  Worst buzzword

I am generally not a fan of buzzword bingo, but I am always interested in the impact behind an initiative.

9.  The best reward after a hard week at work… 

A family evening with delicious food.

10.  Home office or in-house?  

I prefer a healthy mix of both.

11. The most important quality a colleague/business partner can have 

The will to change things and move things forward.

12. My creative hack

Putting myself in the shoes of the customers for whom something is to be developed.

13. The first website I check in the morning 

The news: Handelsblatt and Bild

14. My favorite digital tool 

Slack – communicating with different teams/people through it is so easy and straightforward. A real work enrichment!

15. The book or series from which I have learned the most for my (work) life

I am a big fan of "training on the job" – certainly books also help, but for me I have learned the most on the job.

16. Regardless of that, the series, book, or podcast I would recommend

Good biographies of interesting people, for example, Michelle Obama.

17. Most prominent follower on social media? 

Good question... I'm happy to have a diverse network on my social channels.

17 and a half: What has always... 

... bothered me: I need freedom to innovate and change, and I get dissatisfied when I can't live that out in my job. Fortunately, I've (almost) always had these opportunities and scope for creativity up to now.



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