10 Minutes With: Luxtripper CEO, Nena Chaletzos
Wish yourself away with the latest lady in our hotseat – luxury travel technology innovator, Nena Chaletzos.
30 Second CV
Name: Nena Chaletzos
Current Title/Company: Founder and CEO of Luxtripper
Educational Background: As far back as I can recall, I have always been a disruptive person. School and university were my playgrounds to test and challenge things. If a rule didn’t make sense, I’d be the one to break it. I therefore chose to follow a different route and did not complete my university education.
The Real Deal
Brief overview of what you do:
I am the founder and CEO of Luxtripper, a luxury travel company started in 2013. I have an innate passion for travel and technology, and Luxtripper sits right in the middle of the two. We match people to their perfect holiday destination in seconds using our unique and first of its kind three-step ‘Where to Go When’ holiday search engine. All of the holidays on our site are handpicked, as our ethos is to help people plan and book a holiday that will give them a lifetime of memories.
I also have over 18 years of HR experience, having worked in a number of different sectors, including technology and retail. It was after reaching my first goal of becoming an HR Director in a multinational organisation that I left to chase my dream and create Luxtripper.
Can you describe your job in 3-5 words?
Hectic, fun, creative, awesome, motivating
What is the first thing you do when you get to work?
The first thing I do when I get into work is greet my team with a coffee in hand.
What does a typical day at your desk look like?
Most, if not all days, my team and I get straight to work; we have a scrum to update on the day before. All meetings are solution focused – my motto is don’t raise an issue if you do not have the solution. Then it’s onto returning unanswered calls/emails, and dealing with multiple tasks. In a day, I will turn my hand to technology, marketing, ecommerce, sales, HR and more.
What’s been the best moment of your career so far?
There have been so many! Although, I would say one of the best was when I turned on the lights to my company’s office for the first time. What a feeling to have reached this milestone.
Your job – the good, the bad, the ugly:
The good: I am proud to have helped provide the first job for a number of my employees who have just completed university.
The bad: Not having enough time in the day to complete all that I want to.
The ugly: Having to be practical when you want to be creative is very challenging. Also having to make tough decisions as a responsible CEO.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
My mum once told me: “In life you have to have guts, and take risks, if you want to make a change”.
What would you say to your twenty year old self with the benefit of hindsight?
Always look after and put yourself first. Only then you will be able to help others.
How do you relax and recharge?
I meditate daily. It helps me focus and de-stress.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Sweet things! I love chocolate, preferably dark.
My weekday wardrobe consists of:
Blazers worn over a dress, skirt or a pair of tapered trousers.
My weekend wardrobe consists of:
My wardrobe varies to be honest. I’m very casual on the weekends. My clothing can vary from maxi dresses to Toms with my favourite jeans and a jumper.
What social or political issues matter most to you?
The UK passing the right for equal marriage. Knowing the world understands the importance of being allowed to love whoever you want is beautiful to me. Another issue I care about is the proper treatment of animals. I have two babies at home: two awesome cats who are a part of my family.
If you could have lunch with any woman in the world, who would it be (and what would you order)?
Oprah Winfrey. I would order sea bass with steamed asparagus.
To learn more about Luxtripper, and book your perfect break, visit www.luxtripper.co.uk. Bon voyage!