CEO Magazine – by Rob Pegley
Some people know exactly what they want to do with their lives from a young age, and EPAM Systems’ Senior Vice President – Head of APAC Darren Starsmore is one of them. “I started programming – writing assembler code – at the age of 14 while I was still at school,” he recalls.
“Later on, I was formally trained as an electronics engineer, while always writing embedded software, and I also taught myself enterprise software engineering.” After completing his studies, he worked across a range of businesses spanning medical systems, digital music recording consoles and airport weather systems prior to ending up in financial services.
However, after more than two decades working in IT for financial institutions, Darren became disillusioned as he watched software engineering become just a support function. “Joining EPAM was very inspirational for me, as engineering is at the very heart of the business,” he says.
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