So when I refer to luck in my career path, it is because I have been lucky to work with the right people. And if you keep an open mind, new opportunities may arise.
What are you looking forward to mostly in your new position?
I am here to help and contribute to the development and success of BNP Paribas Personal Finance in the Nordics. My goal is to collaborate and to succeed, which I am looking very much forward to.
In terms of geography, I have never visited the Nordic region before. However, I am very pleased to discover the local culture; the way Nordic people work in a structured manner, and the positive and kind approach you meet. People smile at you on the street, guide you if you need assistance, I am quite taken by it.
I am not a stranger to different cultures, though. As it is not my first assignment, I know that local culture means everything. I need to adapt, make an effort, and I of course I should learn Danish as soon as possible, as I am living in Denmark. The language is a fundamental tool to integrate yourself into a country.
What will be your first move, and what do you think will be your primary challenge?
My first move is to integrate my self, align with Annika’s expectations [our CEO] and listen to people and understand the current situation. A manager can have many skills and qualifications, but I believe the two most important are the ability to listen and the ability to take decisions. Therefore I start by listening to what is needed, and then I intend to make decisions and deliver.
The parameters are similar to my previous experiences as a Deputy CEO and working with IT transformations, and I need to make sure that people are on-board. We need to do it together.