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A New Associate: Benedict Stacke Newest Asset to Our Team as Vice President of Human Resources

Much like we want to help our customers implement user-friendly and efficient processes, we also endeavor to strategically and systematically expand our human resources. In September 2020, Benedict Stacke will start his tenure as Vice President of Human Resources, contributing his wide-ranging expertise in the fields of start-up and IT as well as his communication skills.

Benedict studied Psychology at Vienna’s Sigmund Freud University and at the University of Sussex in England. Early on in his studies he developed a passion for Business and Organizational Psychology and decided against a career in clinical psychology. When he was still a student, Benedict dedicated himself to empirical research and studied, among other things, the careers and occupational histories of different generations, positive leadership, and niche subjects such as professional resilience and specific kinds of discrimination in the workplace.

Scientific research became a somewhat abstract and inflexible affair for Benedict, which is why he started his career in HR consulting at the job recruitment agency ISG Personalmanagement. He took over customer projects, mainly in IT, as well as internal organizational and evaluation projects. After a stint as Senior HR Consultant at UNITIS Personalberatung, Benedict Stacke switched to internal company matters—at the online betting company bwin. There, he not only launched local employer branding and community initiatives but also oversaw the various IT departments’ organizational development activities, recruiting a total of forty IT experts from four continents. Additionally, as if in passing, his bwin soccer team also won the Intercompany Soccer Cup in Vienna. Impressive, right?

On the heels of his days in the betting industry, Benedict switched to finance, specifically the FinTech start-up wikifolio.com, where he established, managed, and developed the entire HR department as HR Manager. In addition to recruitment, his work was chiefly focused on professionalizing HR processes, refining employer branding measures, and improving internal communication among employees and management. In contrast to bwin, table tennis was the name of the game at wikifolio.com, which is why Benedict didn’t cover himself in glory and dropped out in the preliminary round of the internal championship games.

At FireStart, Benedict’s role is exactly in his wheelhouse. His task will be to support us in all areas of HR management with regard to strategy and operations: in recruiting and in setting up streamlined and professional HR processes.

Perhaps a few tidbits of information to round things off: Benedict was born in Berlin and has been practicing his Viennese accent with his Viennese wife. He likes to spend his free time on the soccer field or at home building Legos with his boys, or at the Burgtheater. His favorite motto: “What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday.”

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