Polish woman gets 'mission impossible' done in SZ

Writer: Chen Xiaochun  |  Editor: Zhang Chanwen  |  From: Shenzhen Daily  |  Updated: 2022-11-14

It was her first job and she had worked for the company for just one year, but in 2017, she accepted the challenge of coming alone to Shenzhen to set up the company’s Chinese branch.

Dagmara Głowacka from Poland, 31, is currently the legal representative, executive director and general manager of Shenzhen TME Electronic Trading Co. Ltd., the Chinese branch of Transfer Multisort Elektronik (TME), a global distributor of electronic components headquartered in Poland.

Dagmara Głowacka at her office in Nanshan District. Photos by courtesy of Głowacka

“Our company is a global distributor of electronic components, offering over half a million types of products. We are a big e-commerce platform, which means our customers can seamlessly buy all the parts online. We have a fully equipped modern logistics center that can pack packages within 24 hours and deliver to our customers in more than 150 countries,” Głowacka introduced.

Głowacka, who has a great interest in international relations and business, studied English and international business simultaneously in Poland and later in Northern Ireland. Later she did her internships in France and the U.K. She also started to learn Chinese in 2016, which undoubtedly boosted her career development.

Głowacka joined TME in 2016 to pursue an international career. “The company’s owner — Adam, had an impressive vision of expanding to the Chinese market. He outlined the company’s plan when he noticed that I had been studying Chinese and chose me for this mission,” Głowacka recalled.

“For the first time, I felt that studying Chinese was the best decision I could have made and joining Adam’s company was one of my most enriching experiences,” Głowacka said.

“Setting up the first branch of our company outside of Europe (the previous nine subsidiaries were all within European Union) required redefining the previous approach. The challenge was even bigger as we were expanding to those ‘unknown waters,’” Głowacka said.

Shenzhen, a tech powerhouse with astounding growth and smart technologies, has been their ideal place for the branch company from the very beginning. “I knew from the beginning that it is going to be Shenzhen. It is simply the place to be for the electronic components industry,” Głowacka said confidently.

By the end of 2017, she headed directly to Shenzhen, with the mission of setting up their Chinese branch in the city.

“It was kind of mission impossible. The company provided me a ticket to China and a one-month hotel stay. Obviously, I could count on the support of lawyers and accountants, on condition that I found them. But, it was my task and my responsibility to find qualified consultants and make the right decisions. The process was bumpy and very time-consuming,” Głowacka said smiling.

In the course of establishing and running the branch company, she has encountered countless challenges. One of the biggest challenges to date is being a bridge between China and Europe. “The two sides of the globe work very differently,” Głowacka said.

She cited the interpretation of the law as an example. “The European law is very precise. You can find everything in a certain paragraph while Chinese law is more up to interpretation. So sometimes one side expects that it would be explained, just like what we are familiar with, but then it functions differently here.”

Despite all the challenges and obstacles, Głowacka has made it, setting up the company in China from scratch all by herself. Being the unique link between the European headquarters and Asian branch, she has been managing the supply chain consisting of 500,000 products and has rich experience in creating and managing a multicultural team.

Dagmara Głowacka at China Hi-Tech Fair in Shenzhen in 2021.

Głowacka is proud of her professional achievements in China. At the same time, she still feels like a humble beginner. “Because there is so much more to learn and to develop. There is a constant need to improve myself and search for new ways of doing things. I feel that this is a great beginning, and there is so much more waiting for us,” she said.