With more than 20 years of leadership experience in R&D and organizational development, she will serve as the senior vice president of engineering and will take a lead role in building and leading a workforce of approximately 300 Hungarians across a variety of technology functions.

“Diligent's commitment to Budapest is proof that Hungarian professionals are extremely skilled and well-positioned to drive innovation,” said Szatmári. “Diligent’s mission and focus on sustainability, diversity and equal opportunity, are just a few reasons why I wanted to join this global organization. In my new role, I have the responsibility of building a workforce from the ground up that brings together different backgrounds, levels of knowledge, and ways of thinking. It’s a challenge I’m ready for and quite excited about.”

In addition to building the Hungarian workforce, the expert will lead the software development organization at the Center for Global Product Innovation. She will also guide product modernization efforts across the Diligent product suite as well as work with other technology leaders to help drive growth. Prior to joining Diligent, Júlia led the development team for software developer EMARSYS. She also held various leadership positions at Nokia including global R&D and customer support. She completed her studies in mathematics and information technology at Eötvös Loránd University.

"Júlia has very strong technical abilities and is an accomplished engineering leader. She will be an invaluable addition to our leadership team as we ramp up our workforce in Budapest,” said Ken Surdan, Diligent’s chief product officer. “Her expertise, knowledge of the local market, and experience in building outstanding product development teams will help us expand our footprint in the region and enable us to accelerate our product innovation.”

Diligent’s investment in Hungary, which also received support from HIPA, was one of the largest foreign capital investments in the region in 2020. Earlier this year, the company announced that the Szervita Square Building in Budapest will house the Center for Global Product Innovation, which is expected to open in late 2021.