EnglishBusiness AG is excited to announce it is expanding its management board. As of 1 July 2018, Marlen Schrader will join Nina Zolezzi and Cathy Molohan on the company’s board as chief sales officer. Ms Schrader has been with EnglishBusiness since she joined the company in autumn 2016 as business development manager for the Translation business unit. Her promotion to the management board represents how deeply the company values her contribution on all levels and how important she has become in steering the company for future success. “We’re entering a period of extensive growth and Marlen’s addition to the board will be definitive for the company’s enduring success,” says CEO Ms Zolezzi of Ms Schrader’s advancement.
Originally from Halle (Saale), Ms Schrader studied English literature and linguistics at the Martin-Luther-Universität in Halle-Wittenberg. Her love of English language and literature soon led her further afield – all the way to the southern hemisphere. At the University of Newcastle, Australia, she completed a bachelor’s degree in 2009 and a Master of Applied Linguistics (honours) in 2010. In 2011, Ms Schrader returned home to Germany. Here she began working as a project manager for the translation agency LanguageWire GmbH in Hamburg. Ms Schrader quickly proved her mettle and received a chance to develop her sales and account management skills by joining the sales team in 2013.
When a key position opened up in the Translation business unit in 2016, CEO Ms Zolezzi instantly thought of Ms Schrader for the job. “We knew the position needed exactly the right kind of person: we were utterly convinced she had the professional insight, initiative and personality we were looking for,” she says. “We had already been working with Marlen for some time as part of a corporate collaboration with LanguageWire where she had convinced us that she knew the translation industry inside and out and had what it would take to help us grow our translation business.”
Her colleagues and supervisors recognised Ms Schrader’s drive, congeniality and business sense. This led to her promotion to the head of the Translation business unit in January 2018. Under her guidance, the business unit has reported significant revenue growth and now features an expanded service offering and new clients from previously untapped verticals. “An outgoing and hard-working employee, Marlen is the kind of person who gets along famously with clients and employees alike. Moreover, her ability to turn out impressive results time and time again convinced us that her leadership would be invaluable on the board,” says CFO Dr Molohan.
One of Ms Schrader’s new key areas of responsibility will be consolidating EnglishBusiness’s sales activities across both business units –Translation and Training. This way, EnglishBusiness will be able to react to clients’ internationalisation needs more comprehensively. Using the principles of design thinking, Ms Schrader will make it possible for the company to better serve its clients with easily combined, tailored packages of language training, leadership training and corporate translations.
“I deeply believe in EnglishBusiness’s mission to help companies on a 360-degree level with their intercultural communications. I’m thrilled to be leading such a great sales team and contributing to the company’s overall success,” says Ms Schrader of her new position on the board.
We invite you to get to know Ms Schrader on a more personal level! Read her initial self-introduction blog post from 6 April 2017 or her two humorous posts on the trials and tribulations of speaking Australian English.
EnglishBusiness AG is a B2B communication consultancy firm for companies experiencing strategic international growth. With our two business units, EB Training and EB Translation, we help our clients expand their global reach by providing expert leadership and language training alongside high-quality corporate translations.