This month is Women’s History Month, an annual month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. Aireon would like to honor the achievements of some of the great women at Aireon and look-ahead at the opportunities that await future generations. We’ve asked a handful of women at Aireon a few questions about their roles working in aviation, a primarily male-dominated industry. For our final post, we sat down with Ana Persiani, Aireon’s Regional Director of Latin America and Caribbean.
Ana Persiani, Regional Director of Latin America and Caribbean
What led you to be a salesperson?
It was pure coincidence. Having the experience of flight operations at an airline and having lead projects involving international organizations and regional governments, I was offered to work in a position for a flight simulator manufacturer as Business Development Director for the Americas market. It wasn’t in my career plan, but I found the challenge interesting and an opportunity to develop new skills and knowledge. I found that my experience really touched the customer, as I could understand their needs and pains. It helped me to better address those needs to provide a “solution” and not just a “product” to the customer. I liked the field and here I am 11 years later.
What inspires you and why?
I get inspired by my family. My father has always been my best mentor in life. My husband inspires me every day with his hard work and integrity and my kids inspire me to be creative, dynamic and to always be positive, under any circumstance.
What’s the most important piece of advice you would give to a woman starting a career in aviation?
Create a good network of colleagues and good people to surround you with positive actions and environment. Always do your best, no matter what others think or do around you. No one can determine who you are but yourself. Always be true to yourself and your values because when a window closes, a big door opens. Support other women in the industry. As an Advisory Board Member for the International Aviation Women’s Association, I believe it is our responsibility to support our women colleagues in overcoming the challenges of navigating the industry, helping the younger generations advance their careers and always giving a word of encouragement and inspiration to our fellow colleagues.