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How to choose your COO: Welcome Virginie Vinson!

Today is an important day for Le Wagon as we welcome our new COO Virginie Vinson, who will help us to grow in our 43 campuses worldwide! But what is Virginie's story and how did we decide she was the right fit for Le Wagon?

How to choose your COO: Welcome Virginie Vinson!
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How do you hire the right COO? This is probably one of the most critical choices for your company when you are scaling up. Today is an important day for Le Wagon as we welcome our new COO Virginie Vinson, who will help us to grow, challenge our organisation, enhance processes and coach our managers in our 43 campuses worldwide. So, I thought it would be useful to share the story of how we met Virginie and how we decided that she was the perfect fit for Le Wagon!

What matters most to your organisation?

We had already spoken with many candidates for the role before meeting Virginie. Some of them had a lot of experience and impressive track records in education or tech companies. The truth is, the more candidates we interviewed, the more selective and picky we became, adding new criteria to our checklist:

Once we were clear about what really mattered to us, we started to wonder if we would ever find the right match. I guess we got lucky! Or maybe, it was just serendipity.

Trust your network and instinct (...not just your head hunters!)

While interviewing candidates for the COO role as part of our official hiring process, I met Virginie - initially, this was for an informal chat on our B2B strategy since she was managing B2B global operations at EF. I was so impressed and aligned with her that instead, I started considering her for the COO role. One thing I really appreciated is that she started helping me on some challenges I had (like recruiting our new VP for B2B) without asking anything in return or even without being officially in the hiring process for the COO role. For me, this was the best way to build trust and it continued to confirm my initial intuition that she would be perfect for the role. The more I spent time and spoke to her, the more I realised she was checking all of the boxes. So, let me introduce you to her story so that you can judge this for yourself!

Virginie has extensive experience in operations. She is an entrepreneur at heart, she loves coaching people from various background and optimising processes to reach ambitious goals.

We are convinced Virginie is the person we need to grow all of our campuses, coach our managers, challenging our organisation and improving our processes from Marketing & Sales to Student Outcomes!

Hiring a COO is a structurally significant and important decision for your company. Take some time to ask yourself what matters the most to you. Activate your network and trust your instinct. In the end, you are the best head hunter for your own company!

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