Catalin (Cata) Stef is the SVP, International Operations at 3Pillar Global. In this role, Cata oversees operations of 3Pillar offices in Noida, India and Cluj-Napoca and Timisoara locations in Romania.
Cata has a long history of both founding and growing successful product delivery organizations, starting with Dacomy in 2003, which initially focused on delivering products for local Romanian and European clients. The company then expanded into Canada to deliver a telecom software application, Dacomy, and connected with Devix Corp, a US company. Dacomy built a state of the art ecommerce platform for Devix, and based on its solid reputation and good work, Dacomy was acquired by Devix in 2006. Two years later, LeverPoint sought to acquire the Romanian presence of Devix after hearing of their excellence in delivery. Under the LeverPoint umbrella, Cata grew the size of the Cluj delivery center from 15 to 50 people. The 3Pillar Global acquisition of LeverPoint in December 2009 positioned Cata’s team for even more growth. He extended the good reputation of 3Pillar in Cluj-Napoca and opened the second location in Timisoara. Today, Cata manages over 530 people in India and Romania combined.
Cata earned his Bachelors degree from the "Babes Bolyai" University of Cluj-Napoca, where he studied Computer Science. He played basketball for 20 years and can still often be found playing basketball or soccer with his team. His accessible management style and hands-on leadership continues to make him and his teams stand out. He credits his mother, who successfully managed a number of businesses in Romania, too, for his entrepreneurial spirit.