Oliver Droege: with a pallet jack and some duct tape

Switching cultural gears doesn’t make Oliver Droege sweat. He frequently finds himself changing his communication style when dealing with clients from Europe and the U.S.: from a direct, at times even blunt, German approach to a smoother, softer, somewhat toned-down, American version of the same core message. “I’ve known those differences all my life, so for me, it’s normal,” says Droege with a dry smile and a shrug. The 27-year-old consultant was born in Germany to a German mother and a Dutch father, who used to work for Siemens in Atlanta.

Droege has a bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration and a master¹s degree in Strategic Management, both from the renowned Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He interned at several companies in Europe and the United States - Porsche Consulting in Germany being one of them. "I happened to be around when the idea of Porsche Consulting, Inc. was developed," he remembers. "I helped set up some of the first meetings." The plan materialized in October 2011, when Porsche Consulting opened its U.S. subsidiary in Atlanta. Droege joined the team in January of 2013.

He says that working at Porsche Consulting’s Atlanta office has provided him with a set of unique opportunities. "In many firms, consultants at the beginning of their careers are more or less locked away in the back office without any chance to directly face a client.” That's clearly different at Porsche Consulting. "From day one, I was close to the clients,” says Droege, who in his spare time enjoys riding his bike through the streets of Atlanta. "I was expected to lead my own teams, conduct my own workshops, take over responsibilities. It was quite a learning curve for me."

Droege’s favorite project so far has been a series of workshops conducted in 2014 for Delta Tech Ops, the technical operations division of Delta Airlines. The Porsche consultants first worked at the receiving dock, where all the parts needed for airplane repairs arrived from around the globe, several thousand packages a day. “We were able to increase productivity by 100 percent,” Droege says, “without a major investment except for some pallet jacks and a few rolls of duct tape.”