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LIFE AT OAG

Working at OAG is about showing your ambition, pride and charisma all in one place. By collaborating with a diverse community and embracing communication and creativity, we are able to bring together a team full of different skills and styles, that all makes OAG what it is today. 

 

With over 200 employees based in eight offices around the world, take a look at what life is like at OAG.

Rothna Begum

Rothna Begum

Director of Data, UK

About me

Doyenne of data, industry influencer and part-time yogi.

Since joining OAG in 1997, Rothna has had the opportunity to move around the business from product management to operations to data. Most recently, she earned the appointment of Director of Data. The initial excitement of working with airlines across the globe still hasn't worn off, and it seems the feeling's mutual. At an industry conference (IATA SISC), airlines elected Rothna as SSIM Editor, giving her a huge sense of pride in representing OAG at a forum where she helps steer discussions to address the issues affecting the industry and its technology providers and set new airline industry standards.

In Brief

What originally enticed you to join OAG?

Working at OAG, a global company, offered a certain excitement, dealing with airlines across the world. It is challenging, varied, and gave a good sense of responsibility and I loved the client contact across the globe.

What one tip would you give to someone new at OAG?

Be curious. Learn as much as you can about different areas of the business and how they interact so you gain a more holistic view.

When she's not at OAG, Rothna recharges by doing yoga, sports and spending quality time with loved ones. Although she says the "world’s too big to visit the same place twice", looking out to Robben Island from atop Table Mountain in Cape Town is a travel memory highlight.

Laura Kelly

Laura Kelly

Quality Assurance Analyst, UK

About me

Bug-solving guru, avid photographer and keen explorer.

As a QA Analyst, Laura takes on a fluctuating role as her responsibilities and objectives change constantly depending on the ongoing projects. With a growing team, Laura is responsible for preventing defects from occurring within the system and to provide analysis on data releases. It's a position which warrants communication from various departments, meaning Laura is always at the heart of any informed decisions made by her team.

In Brief

What drew you to OAG?

With a background in both travel and technology, OAG was the first and only prospect I pursued. It's a global company, market leaders, with a rich history – suffice to say I was very interested in pursuing a career here.

What's your biggest achievement at OAG?

The cleansing of the Historical Flight Status module. Knowing the project goals, items causing issues and the strict time-frames helped me throw myself in the deep end to reach our goal.

Away from the office, Laura likes to make sure she stays active, whether it be in the kitchen with her passion for cooking, out exploring with her camera or on the road on her bicycle. No matter which mode of transport she takes, Laura is sure to be planning her next big adventure.

Simona Vabale

Simona Vabale

General Manager, Lithuania

About me

Culture shaper, local liaison and green thumb.

A set of serendipitous circumstances led Simona to OAG, perfectly timed with our Lithuanian office opening. As an in-country HR executive for multinational companies, Simona ensures her companies thrive in the local market by creating and implementing world-class HR strategies and establishing a strong framework for recruitment, development and retention. At OAG, she's in charge of shaping corporate culture at our new development centre in Kaunas.

In Brief

What drew you to OAG?

Set of values, passion for the business, mature and sustainable view on business management and people. After meeting with the Leadership team, I was impressed and inspired by how much they enjoy OAG.

What's your biggest challenge at OAG so far?

I think the most challenging yet enjoyable part is developing the right culture, mindset and behaviour within the Lithuania office. We have a great team that is ready to accept the challenge!

To relax and practice mindfulness, Simona loves the process of gardening almost as much as the result. She's intent on making the outside look just as good as the inside of the new house she and her partner designed and essentially built themselves.

Seth Bailey

Seth Bailey

Airlines, Airport Services and Consultants Sales Manager, US & CA

About me

Self-starter, aviation enthusiast and inquiring mind.

OAG was a natural fit for Seth, who brought real-world aviation industry experience and a business background to the Account Manager role in 2014. These days Seth manages aviation data sales for airlines, airport services and consultants in the US and Canada. He's able to offer a unique perspective and deep understanding of those industries thanks to work experience in aviation ground operations, creating flight schedules and servicing aircraft plus a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. 

In Brief

What's been the most rewarding endeavour at OAG so far?

The Gulf Air flight status tracker and notifications project, because we put so much time and work into it and we launched new products like the Twitter flight status notifications.

How does OAG celebrate success?

One of the ways is through an employee reward program. Employees can be nominated by their peers company-wide, which makes us feel like one big team even though we're spread out all over the world. It's nice to know your contributions are appreciated.

Seth continues to be a man of action in his free time as well: in the last few years he's gotten married, relocated and started his MBA. He does make sure to take some time out to sail the Potomac River for fun. Also keeping him busy are his two 10-year-old Westie mixes, Wizard and Little Bear. 

Hiten Patel

Hiten Patel

Digital Marketing Executive, UK

About me

Content creator, marketing maven and aspiring novelist.

Combining content creation and marketing skills gained at various internships along with an English and Journalism degree, Hiten was well matched to the Content Coordinator position when he started at OAG in 2015. Since then he's been promoted to Digital Marketing Executive, where his day can run the gamut from performing SEO analysis, crafting on-brand email copy to creating digital ads, with some graphic design work thrown in for good measure.

In Brief

What's your favourite project at OAG so far?

Playing a major role in the implementation between Hubspot and Salesforce. It was a lot of responsibility but I gained expertise in areas of marketing that were new to me.

How would you describe the office environment here?

Definitely fast-paced since we've got customers all over the world but fun too. We have regular game nights after work where we'll order pizza and have friendly competitions. Phil (our CEO) has even been known to drop by!

Outside of work, Hiten indulges his adventurous side by travelling to countries he's never been - becoming a student of culture is sure to help character and plot development in his yet-unpublished novels.