Please tell us about yourself.
My name is Robert Langenbach, I am a 33-year-old father of three kids. I was born in Nice. My parents are Swabians and I grew up in Morocco until I finished school, then I moved to Germany. Before I joined COMATCH, I had worked as a Sales Manager at Axel Springer for seven years.
What do you do at COMATCH?
I am Director International at COMATCH, leading the sales team that is responsible for the South-European and the Middle Eastern markets. As we are a steadily growing company, the scope of my daily work is truly limitless: from flower care to key account management for senior managers of large corporations and managing our expansion into other European markets. Having such a variety of tasks clearly demonstrates the hands-on mentality of the COMATCH staff.
What drives you (apart from your job)?
I have always lived in close contact with nature and spend every summer at my grandparents’ place on the Ligurian coast between Genoa and Monaco. 15 years ago, my grandmother bought 10,000 square metres of property around their house to reduce the risk of fires, which are unfortunately very common in the area. It turned out that the surrounding land was a former olive grove, and since I have a passion for gardening, I reactivated the ground and started my career as a hobby olive farmer. At least twice a year, I return to this Garden of Eden to prune the trees, harvest the olives and bring them to an olive mill. With a little help from my friends and my children (who fortunately share my love of olives), we are able to produce 150 litres of olive oil every year! That’s enough for our private consumption, plus I always have nice presents for friends and colleagues. They all love Langenbacher olive oil!
What is your motivation for growing olives?
It feels good to escape the big city of Berlin from time to time and to enjoy some fresh air, good weather, and fantastic views! Plus, I have the great pleasure of sharing this with my beloved family and I have a great result, too: the best olive oil ever!