get to know our phil&teds heads: Warren Drahota

Meet some of our quirky&clever phil&teds heads solving key parenting challenges and helping parents escape nursery jail and live life without limit!

Warren Drahota

:: hunter cub

:: Mountain Buggy web designer

 

Born and raised in Colorado, Warren grew up enjoying a dynamic lifestyle where weekends spent snow skiing and mountain biking were as common as a Wellington southerly. After graduating university with a double major in interpersonal communication and graphic design, Warren went on to work for his family’s construction company.

He helped build the brand, and proved his worth in a management role, before deciding to focus on design and accepted an internship with OtterBox – makers of the number one selling case for smartphones and tablets. Towards the end of his tenure, Warren was introduced to Kiwi juvenile products company, phil&teds. The company’s cool&quirky creative and globally connected team enticed, and he accepted a marketing role at the US office in Fort Collins.

“phil&teds stood out. Not only through its fire engine red pantone, but also the company’s pioneering nature, trend-setting innovations, unique creative and decades of experience.”

Warren excelled. He began as a marketer with design capabilities and soon broadened his scope to include the ever changing world of PR. He quickly learned that at phil&teds it’s not all about the baby, baby. He worked hard to champion the brand and empower parents to adapt&survive through world-class marketing and design initiatives.

After two years of most excellent work, Warren was offered a transfer to the company’s New Zealand Support Office based in Wellington. His role focused on creative work for phil&teds’ award-winning Mountain Buggy brand. With the support and guidance of the leadership team, Warren’s drive and curious nature lead to opportunities in other parts of the business. Two years on and he continues to further his skills as part of the company’s web team leading the digital world for Mountain Buggy.

“Transferring between global offices is certainly a draw card to working at phil&teds. However, the jewel in the crown was being part of an international team that’s not only globally connected, but collaborative and supportive.”

Warren still lives a dynamic lifestyle, only now in Wellywood. He’s a regular on the capital’s mountain bike tracks and traded in his snow skis for a surfboard. Living and working in the country’s craft beer capital also gave Warren a brewed awakening. His pursuit of hoppiness led him from what started as a bit of fun, to a now 120 litre brew kit. The hopportunities are endless!

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