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Hi! I’m Mike Staal

Certified Product Owner and experienced Digital Marketer

If you want to find out who I am as a person, read on.
If you want to find out what I accomplished, check my CV or LinkedIn profile.

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About Me

I'm an enthusiastic, T-shaped Digital Marketer

My friends and colleagues describe me as a happy person with a good sense of humor; someone who's advantageous and values honesty highly, has a strong network, and knows exactly who to turn to to get things done. I like to say I'm friendly yet able to communicate directly (see a good article about Dutch Directness here), and am eager to perform and try new things!
I am a vivid communicator and passionate public presenter. I am technical and analytical, yet able to translate this to easier and bite-size language. I am a creative starter who knows how to finish, but doesn't like repetitive work. I like to challenge myself and my surrounding in 'everything' we do or say, so it should be no surprise that I am an Analytical Debater / ENTP with links towards the expressive communication style within the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. My 5 strengths in the Gallup Strength Finder are Restorative, Communication, Strategic, Responsability, and Adaptability.
Therefore my roles as Product Owner, Project Manager, or even PR Operations Manager should not be a surprise. They thankfully gave me a lot of different perspectives and experiences as a schooled Digital Marketer, allowing me to do my job better.

Good food and fine wine. Beer and cocktails will do, too.
I am sporty and (have been) active in several types ranging from marathon & triathlon to squash, from korfball to golf. I play to stay fit and feel happy in my own body, but my main motivation is the social aspect of sports. I like to spend my free time out in nature with a hike or bike ride, or the complete opposite- inside, with a movie, series, or game. I very much enjoy a deep conversation with friends over good food and a fine wine. Beer or cocktails will do, too. The best would be to combine all of these, and travel the next trip with close friends to explore culture and nature (preferably where they have an exciting diving site!). I both like spontaneous roadtrips, or properly researched & somewhat planned travels.

My favorites.
If you want to know more, for instance about my favorite movie or game, what and where my ideal trip would be, or to see if I am a right fit to you what you're looking for, you can contact me through the information below. I will try to respond quickly, as I appreciate speedy communication myself to advance quicker.

Language proficiency



Team + Project + Stakeholder Management
Strategic Planning
Change Management / Digital Innovation
Atomic Design Thinking


Content Marketing (online)
Holistic Business Understanding
Connector / Networker

Jobs & Education

October 2017 - Present EF Education First HQ, Zurich Product Owner - Lead Generation, Marketing Technology
August 2009 - January 2014 International Business School, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences Bachelor of Business Administration Specialization: International Marketing Management
For a full list, see my LinkedIn profile

Hobbies & Interests

  • Music
  • Squash
  • Exploring
  • Movies
  • Skiing
  • Diving
  • Gaming


Here you can contact me!

  • Scheffelstrasse 11
    Zurich 8037
  • mail@mikestaal.nl
  • +41798007926
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