As we look forward, we want to help “Build the Future”. We asked Geraldine Langan, Chief Operating Officer of LanganBach Services Limited, to share with us some insights on her experiences and how she draws inspiration from the environment around her, role models she had during her career, and what is, in her opinion, the biggest opportunity and the biggest challenge for building the future.
Voltedge: What is your current role and how long you have held this position?
Geraldine: I am the Chief Operating Officer of LanganBach Services Limited, a role I have held since 2017.
Voltedge: Where do you draw inspiration from?
Geraldine: Our dedicated and professional team have been with us for over 10 years, and we will be celebrating 30 years in business next year. As an essential service we were at the forefront in providing essential supplies to the HSE and all our customers during the pandemic. The resilience and determination shown by the team during that difficult time, in continuing to provide excellent customer service to all our customers, is where I draw my inspiration.
Voltedge: During the course of your career, was there a role model or mentor that stands out for you?
Geraldine: Over the years, I have been very fortunate to meet and be guided by several inspiring women in business, in particular Paula Fitzsimons, National Director of the Going for Growth programme, a wonderful initiative, that supports female leaders in business. I would also have to mention Emeritus Professor Alan Mullally of Trinity College Dublin, who has been of tremendous support as a guide, mentor, and friend throughout my business and academic career.
Voltedge: What do you think the biggest opportunity is right now for building the future?
Geraldine: The pandemic brought immense challenges to our customers and we will continue to engage in new partnerships and seek out new innovations that are emerging in the Medical Diagnostics Industry, to further meet their needs.
Voltedge: What do you think the biggest challenge is right now for building the future?
Geraldine: Adapting to a post pandemic world and the impact that Brexit is having will continue to pose a challenge.
Voltedge: Can you share with us 2 or 3 positives in your personal life that you have discovered over the last 18 months?
Geraldine: I have lived in County Wicklow for many years and for the first time, during lockdown, I realised that I had never really appreciated the beauty of where I live. As a family we went on many walks and the importance of being present with them at that time and not thinking of other things was a valuable and positive lesson. I also went back to playing the piano which I have not done for many years.
Voltedge: What is your favourite quote and why?
Geraldine: As I really enjoy a cup of tea, it had to be “A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water” Eleanor Roosevelt.
LanganBach Services is committed to continuing our legacy of excellence in customer service, supplier engagement and innovation. Leaders in the distribution of Diagnostic Kits and Reagent, Laboratory equipment and consumables to healthcare professionals in the Medical, Industry and Research & Development Sectors.