Last week I had the opportunity to participate in my first annual company meeting. Almost everyone from ATEME around the world joined our HQ in Bièvres; the Americas, Asia, the Middle East and Europe were represented.
I was happy to finally meet those I have only communicated with by phone or e-mail. It is really great to put a name to a face especially when a growing company such as ATEME is hiring new employees around the world. Even if ATEME is a small company, I had the impression of being once again in a much bigger international corporation. No surprise when you know we had customers in more than 60 countries last year.
We started the busy week with a keynote presentation of the 2013 accomplishments: Investments in R&D, in people, new products, growth, growth growth…. And our 2014 goals.
Another nice part of the kick off was the dinner and discotheque on the boat. We could admire Paris by night from the boat sailing between the Eiffel tower, Alexander III bridge and other monuments. I left by midnight as the next few days were looking to be very busy, but several guests stayed to dance the night away.
We met in a town near Bièvres and started 3 days of presentations and workshops on market trends, product roadmaps and our solution ecosystem.
Our American colleagues concluded the event with an impersonation of a baseball team to illustrate the rules of the game for everyone’s benefit – a good laugh to conclude a very dense week.
I’m sure this kick off will help ATEME to ensure the continuity of its success in 2014. It certainly helped to start the year off with a bang.
Corporate Marketing Project Manager