Carole Follini




    Just like OZY, Carole has a global mind-set. And footprint. She’s lived, studied and worked in the U.S., France, Germany, Spain and the U.K. and loves to travel, from Southeast Asia to Iceland to Costa Rica. Carole’s globe-trotting began at the age of 3, when the native Parisian moved from France to Texas, a migration generally reserved for lunatics and those employed by the oil industry (her father was among the latter). And, yes, Paris, Texas, and its cowboy-hat-wearing mini-Eiffel are a poor substitute for the original. 

    Carole’s fellow Texans continued to pardon her French throughout high school, after which she returned to Paris (France) to attend business school. During that time, she studied abroad — or was it at home?— back in the U.S. at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. After a couple of years at Shell’s brand and communication department, she left Paris again —  this time a bit more understandably — for the palm-tree-lined pleasure dome of Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, where she earned her MBA.

    Yet, as if caught in a transatlantic ping-pong match, Carole would again land on European shores, where she worked for Criteo and CNN International’s U.K. ad sales team in London, before finally coming to rest (we hope) stateside in New York City, where she serves as an account manager for OZY. She has never lived in New York before, but she hopes that her encyclopedic knowledge of all 236 episodes of Friends will hold her in good stead. 

    Carole is not as fluent in her latest acquired language, German, but she is in good company. German words, as the great linguist Mark Twain once wrote, “are not words, they are alphabetical processions.” Much like, one would assume, Carole’s résumé and passport. Her latest quest, however, is to locate a London-like pub culture within the streets and avenues of New York. All suggestions welcome.



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