After graduating from university, Padmaja became interested in customer products during her first role at a large tech company. “I really enjoyed working with customer-facing projects, collaborating with others, working with global teams and customers, and ensuring that everyone was successful.” There, she sharpened her skills and grew confident in her career as a software engineer.
A few companies and roles later, she was referred to Salesforce. It was her first role as a manager and Salesforce didn’t have a big presence in India at the time, but she took a leap of faith and joined. “We were given such a big opportunity to grow the India presence. One project after another, we showed we have talent. We hired a lot of people and got established.”
Since Padmaja joined the company, Salesforce India has grown to a 7,000+ person organization. She credits the growth to leadership who she says have fostered a culture where everyone can “grow and keep growing."
As time went on, Padmaja continued to take on leadership roles herself, progressing from individual contributor and manager to senior manager, director, and now senior director.