As our EMEA Manager, Stéphane is not only a devoted father but a successful leader. He’s responsible for building a strong and effective team for our European market, where he will help make sure each of our teammates provides excellent services. With outstanding communication skills and a strong sense of integrity, he instantly puts everyone at ease, from new hires to longtime customers. If there’s one person you need to know in Europe, in our EuRobotiq team, it’s him.
Manager, EMEA (Europe Middle East & Africa)
Meet our EuRobotiq Team – The interview
How did you start working with Robotiq?
I met our CEO Samuel Bouchard when I was setting up my own business, Caristix, which is built around a software platform for patient data exchange. We were both part of a group of Quebec City entrepreneurs and attended many workshops together.
Years later, I was at a point in my life when I needed to spend more time in Europe, which is why I left Caristix. At the same time Robotiq was restructuring its sales and marketing teams. One of my friends, who worked as a consultant for them, told me “Hey, there’s a small company in the robotics industry on the south shore of Quebec City. They’re looking for someone in Europe!”
Since I knew Samuel personally, I immediately gave him a call. We met shortly after and they made me an offer. That’s how our collaboration started. My bicultural competences, extensive European network, and my skills in management were strong assets for Robotiq. Plus, Samuel and I have always got along well. It turned out to be a perfect match!
What do you work on? What does that mean for the world?
I wear many hats! I’m responsible for day-to-day operations in Europe, which means managing everything related to Europe—not just sales, but all the activities. These include ISS (Inside Sales Specialists), Integration Coaches, CMS (Channel Sales Managers), and Technical Services in addition to taking care of our European office.
What I like most about my job is building a strong and effective team. I serve as a facilitator, making sure everyone has the right tools to work efficiently and to better serve our partners and end-users. I want them to feel connected to their work and share our vision to “free human hands from repetitive tasks.”
I’m definitely a social butterfly, so I also value networking. I tend to quickly adapt to new situations and people and I always aim to find solutions that will meet everyone’s needs in practical terms.
What are your biggest values?
Above all, I value honesty: It’s not always easy to say what’s on your mind, so I appreciate people who speak up for what they believe in.
Compassion is also something I consider important in the way I live and work. I always try to put myself in the other person’s shoes. Everyone has their own story, challenges and scars. We should always take that into consideration. This is where my experience with different places and cultures comes in handy. I grew up in France, completed a work-study placement in the US, and then immigrated to Canada.
Finally, I value enthusiasm and energy. I think it’s important to always be willing to get up, get out there, and get the job done.
What do you do when you’re not working?
My life is split between Europe and Canada. When I’m in Quebec City, I spend as much time as I can with my family. My kids are so important to me. I also love catching up with my teammates at Robotiq headquarters!
In Europe, I enjoy time out with my friends. I’m also a real bookworm; I love reading books about history, and biographies of people who changed the course of the world.
Stéphane Vigot at one of the 5 D-Day Landing Beaches in Normandy.
Let’s meet !
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