Sharon Archetti: “Jumping into the deep end let me grow”

When a client from a faraway country contacts Porsche Consulting with a query about a project, 27-year-old Sharon Archetti is all ears and would like nothing better than to set off right away to visit the client. “I love working abroad and getting to know new countries, people, and cultures,” she says.

“But I wasn’t always so courageous,” she admits. A native of Italy, she studied business administration at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) in Lugano. “I used to be shy on occasion when approaching people I didn’t know or doing unfamiliar things.” As a consultant for Porsche Consulting, she quickly learned to leave that behind. On her very first day the directive came to pack her suitcase for a project in Munich. “I jumped into the deep end. There was no time to doubt, I was simply confident about my ability to take action.” Half a year later, the young consultant had mastered another language and gained an appreciation for the German team spirit and strategic approach. Today it is precisely such experiences that the senior consultant loves about her job. “The only way to grow and succeed is to continually challenge yourself.”

The “nearby” projects in her homeland of Italy also invariably prove to be exciting. The project with the illy coffee roaster in Trieste, for example, was a highlight, and not only because of the delicious aroma of espresso. A radical reworking of its processes enabled the company to reduce the costs of its coffee capsule production by 15 percent. But real success is not only a matter of numbers. For Archetti it is important that her ideas take root with her clients. She and her colleagues always devote every effort to this end. “Working at Porsche Consulting makes me feel I’m part of a big family,” she says. “I benefit a lot from my colleagues’ experience. And we help each other to be successful together.”