In 2008 I was in Vietnam to recruit a new marketing lead for our offshoring team when the Vietnam GM was fired by the CTO who was then in turn fired by the CEO leaving me the only guy standing in charge of a small 32 person R&D and marketing shop with no technical skills or Vietnamese language ability.
Then the financial crisis hit, crippling our company cash flow and leaving us unable to hire replacements.
While simultaneously overseeing our Chinese office, leading global marketing efforts, and managing my product lines and Business Unit Manager, I was asked to maintain and turnaround the Vietnam operation which suffered from 33% employee turnover.
In one year I was able to take the operation down to 15% turnover, resolve QA issues, train the local management staff in intercultural communication, beef up the marketing team, and altogether turn around the office.
Simultaneously, my product line also tripled revenue during the worst financial crisis in my lifetime.