My career journey: Dimitri in Program Management

How a career change merged a tech background with new skills in marketing and management.
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Dimitri, Senior Program Manager

Meet Dimitri

I joined ExpressVPN in 2021 as part of the Program Management team. After eight years as a program manager in the pharmaceutical and hospitality industry, I wanted to learn new things and get into the tech industry. Being a tech-savvy person and especially being a VPN user, ExpressVPN caught my attention. There was an opportunity to pursue my professional career as a senior program manager as well as to become a people manager.

My desk essentials are my phone (because I can’t survive without it), as well as my headset because I listen to music whenever I need to focus on my work.

My favorite pantry snack is coffee (without sugar) as well as roasted seaweed (low calories, that’s good for my diet).

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a doctor because it sounds cool, no?

What did you study at university?

I studied computer science engineering at university, and I worked as a developer for a few years while I was back in France, so I have a strong technical background. After a while, I decided to change my career path and get out of the technical field.

I went back to university and studied marketing and management before becoming a digital marketing program manager. Having this mix of technical and business experience has been a real asset at ExpressVPN. Every day I work with both marketing and technical stakeholders, and my experience helps me communicate better with them and achieve the best outcomes.

What are some career highlights from your time at ExpressVPN?

Since I joined the company in Singapore, I’ve had the opportunity to grow a team of program managers. I was actually the first Singapore-based program manager. It’s great to see such a fast expansion; the process has taught me how to recruit people more effectively and allowed me to improve my people management skills.

I’ve also had the opportunity to work on some big-picture projects, which has not only helped me to grow as a senior program manager but also gives me the feeling of bringing value to our customers.

What's your favorite aspect of working at ExpressVPN?

I love the people I work with—the company culture has been the aspect I like the most. We also know how to have fun in the office!

Tell us about the craziest thing you’ve ever done in a job?

Back in France, as part of my company's Christmas event, I played the role of Santa Claus and gave gifts to employees’ kids—it was a lively and noisy event. The funniest thing was, each time I was talking with the kids, they were asking their parents, “Is Santa Claus Asian?”

What do you like to do outside of work?

I like spending time with my furry boy (a French Bulldog), bringing him to the park and swimming pool. I also like sports in general, especially soccer, climbing, and water sports. And I am currently learning Chinese; I find this language really rich and I hope to be able to speak it fluently.

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Could your career journey lead to ExpressVPN?

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