Chief Product & Technology Officer (CPTO) at Personio
Maria Angelidou-Smith discovered her passion for creation at an early age. “My dad is a civil engineer, and he would sometimes take me to the sites of the projects he oversaw. I remember always feeling amazed when I saw the end result of buildings buzzing with people, when just a little while ago it was an empty site. That process of creation – the ability of humans to build the future – really fascinated me.”
Angelidou-Smith harnessed her early passion for building into a storied career innovating category-leading products for Facebook, where she spent nearly ten years holding various roles from leading monetization products for Facebook properties to leading community marketplaces such as Groups, Events, Dating and more. Today, Angelidou-Smith is helping Personio redefine the HR software industry by leading product development for its People Operating System.
Angelidou-Smith spoke with Riviera Partners to share her insights into effective product development and scaling, improving opportunities for women in the tech industry, and what to look for when building company culture.