Inspiring Woman in Fleet: Raluca Mosu
“Being underestimated can be a strategic advantage”
Raluca Mosu - Global Travel & Fleet Manager (Animal diagnostic company)
Raluca Mosu didn’t choose fleet, fleet chose her. “I was working in procurement, and I was given the opportunity to work in the fleet category. Funnily enough, I was part of a team of five, all fleet category members, all women.” That’s rare enough to be remembered. But things are changing.
When Raluca started her career in fleet, now 11 years ago, the industry was still solidly male-dominated. “One of the challenges at the start of my career was the feeling that I was not taken too seriously, being a young woman, and from Eastern Europe.”
Did being a woman among mainly men also offer strategic advantages?
“I would say yes. Being different from almost everyone else in the room offers a different perspective. That increases the possibility that you can help bring about a different outcome. I would add that being a woman also raises curiosity from male peers. And in some cases, being underestimated can be a strategic advantage.”
Has the gender balance shifted in your 11 years in the industry?
“Definitely. When I started out, the number of women was significantly lower than it is today. I remember the first time I went to the Global Fleet Conference – Rome, 2018. The conference consisted of mostly men, with just a few women. It felt just a little uncomfortable, discussing fleet topics in a room dominated by men. But the industry is changing. More and more women are coming into the industry, and they’re bringing great, innovative ideas.”
So, how can CEOs improve the inclusivity of their workforce?
“Nowadays, DEI – short for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – is a hot topic in most companies. The advice I would give to CEOs wanting to make a difference in this area is: Don’t address this topic superficially, don’t just tick the box. Invest time and resources to make your company truly diverse and inclusive. Everyone should feel they count equally, should feel respected and able to be proud of the work they do.”
And what would your advice be to young people coming into the industry today? How can they advance their career?
“Three things. One, stay focused, and don’t give up. It’s a fact that you will run into challenges and setbacks sooner or later. So you might as well learn from them.”
“Two, find a good mentor. They will be able to objectively help you navigate challenges. They will offer different perspectives and, if needed, a shoulder to cry on.”
“And three, make as many connections as you can. You will be surprised of the advantages networking can bring you.”
Knowing what you know now, what would you advise to your own younger self?
“Be more confident! With hard work and dedication, you will achieve everything you have in mind!”
Which achievements are you particularly proud of?
“Building an entire fleet programme from scratch, in three different global companies.””
Women often have a difficult balancing act to perform, combining professional life with being a wife and mother. What’s your experience?
“Being a full-time professional, and also a wife, and a mother of a two-year-old and a seven-year-old: even adding up all those words is challenging (laughs). It’s tough and amazing at the same time. My work brings me a sense of personal accomplishment and my life as a wife and mother brings me happiness and joy every day. I’m also lucky to have a great husband who supports me in all my career ambitions and family duties.”
Final question: What inspires you? Who are the people you look up to? And which are the words you live by?
“In my life so far, there have been many people who have inspired and motivated me. It’s very hard to pick just one. Also, you never know where your next inspiration is going to come from.”
“In terms of mottos, I would say: Try, rather than ask yourself ‘What if?’ And take responsibility for all your decisions.”