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Marie Langer: “Surround Yourself With People That Challenge You”

Marie Langer, CEO of EOS [Source: Women in 3D Printing]

As the second founder generation, Marie Langer took over as CEO of EOS in October 2019 and is responsible for the strategic direction of EOS and its subsidiaries.

Her goals are digitalization, industrialization and sustainability of 3D printing. This involves the integration of industrial 3D printing into the digital value chain of production and the further industrialization of the technology for series production. At the same time, Marie Langer is passionately driving forward a comprehensive corporate concept that combines innovation and sustainability with the goal of enabling a responsible manufacturing that offers customers competitive yet sustainable solutions, at the same time offering social and ecological benefits to the world.

Marie Langer has previously held various leadership positions at EOS, including management of the social venture program as well as corporate and business development for the broader EOS GROUP. She is a qualified psychologist specialized on organizational and educational psychology, hold a degree in corporate leadership from the IESE Business School and before EOS founded ELEMENT A, an initiative to promote innovation in education.

Nora Touré: What advice would you share with someone looking into a career in additive manufacturing now?

Marie Langer: Depending on the position you apply for, you need a profound technical education, of course – but most importantly, be fascinated about additive manufacturing and the impact our technology can have regarding economy, environment and society.

Additionally, it is of advantage to be a digital native or to be totally into digitalization so that you are able to leverage the potential of AM by connecting it with the entire digital value chain. Think out of the box, be solution-oriented, be creative and push the limit of what is possible. Try to stay curious, flexible in your approaches – there is not one single answer to all the questions we and our customers have.

Nora Touré: When hiring, what are you looking for in a candidate?

Marie Langer: I love to work with people who are passionate about something, think outside the box, try to see the big picture, are authentic and self-reflective and want to keep on growing and learning. On top of that, a good sense of humor and respectful and appreciative behavior are important to me.

Nora Touré: What is the best advice you were given in your career?

Marie Langer: I have three advices in mind.

  1. Do what you want to do and not what others recommend, in the end it’s about following your inner voice and do what feels right, then you will be intrinsically motivated and connect to it with a purpose.
  2. Surround yourself with people that challenge you in a supporting manner and whom you want to learn from.
  3. A very good friend of mine advised me, do not look for a good company, look at the boss you will be working for and choose here wisely.

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