I am Marcel, Director of Product Management for AOL Mail. I drive the business and product requirements for our applications and infrastructure. This includes things like AOL webmail
, our open API's and IMAP, which allow you to use mail on your mobile device, and our anti-spam efforts.
Mail is one of AOL's core products. We hope it's the tool you use every day to stay connected and see what's new in the world and your mailbox. It always affects me personally when any of you have problems or are unsatisfied with AOL Mail, and I work to gather the best people to fix and solve those issues. I strive to make AOL Mail the best product possible.
I was born and grew up in East Germany - behind the "iron curtain." I was lucky to see Germany unite and have an opportunity to travel the world. My interest in computers and my early business endeavors influenced my decision to study computer science and applied economics. I joined AOL – AOL Germany to be precise – in 1999. Initially, I was responsible for European products, after which I moved to Dulles to lead international product development. Finally, I joined the mail team on the West Coast in my current position.
Through working at AOL, I combine two of my biggest passions: online communication and building true global software. I have been fascinated by using computers and online networks to communicate ever since I started my own BBS
with a 14K Modem in 1995. Simultaneously, I started building software for a global audience and learned quickly that there is never a "one size fits all" solution. Fortunately at AOL, and specifically with the AOL Mail team, I am able to work on building a true global platform and product that enables millions of people around the globe to communicate. I enjoy working on all of this with many people across various teams and locations, allowing me to get insight into numerous views and perspectives.
Because studying at a technical university and dealing with computers could be boring at times, I sought out an additional activity that would spark my creative side, and I found this spark in acting. I am an improv fanatic and have led four different theater groups. Some of you may have seen the video we created for one of AOL Mail's Valentine themes
– that's the kind of stuff I need to stay creative! I approach life like I approach improv on a big stage: everything is an opportunity and always have a positive attitude.