I recently joined Carne Luxembourg as a Director, supporting our fast growing Nordic client base, the development of CORR and the digitisation of Due Diligence. I’m passionate about Due Diligence as it’s a fundamental activity for our industry and especially important when managing other people’s money with trust and respect. As a company that operates within the financial ecosystem we are all expected to perform due diligence on each other, so I see a world of opportunities in supporting our clients with digitalisation in this space, particularly regarding due diligence and oversight.
Since January 2015, I have spent most of my time building Oversight Functions for two different Luxembourg based management companies. Prior to that, I was Client Relationship Manager for Nordic Asset Managers at Lemanik and SEB, involved in the full value chain. Earlier in my career, I was responsible for marketing and communication within Danske Bank International, balancing the work of drafting Terms & Conditions, with the work of organising client events that would build the company’s brand. You can imagine the steep learning curve I went through moving from an area I knew very well into the third-party management company space, supporting experienced and technically developed asset managers within the fund industry of Luxembourg.
A positive and sometimes naïve ‘can do’ attitude, an ability to build strong relationships and a network of subject matter experts willing to support (!) and, last but not least, lots of hard work, made it possible to deliver on high expectations from clients and internal stakeholders. I’m now one of the subject matter experts, co-chairing the ‘Marketing & Distribution’ ALFI (Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry) Working Group for the past two years. It is a privilege to work together with 40 industry subject matter experts and I’m learning not only facts and figures but also about managing challenges from so many different perspectives.
The job that had the biggest influence on me to date, was the role I had more than 20 years ago with the entrepreneurial Swedish Stock Exchange OMX, which later became NASDAQ OMX. I was responsible for international marketing activities, such as large industry fairs for the technology side, promoting and selling the OMX exchange trading systems.
In an industry dominated by men in black suits, I travelled with a group of ladies to industry fairs across the world. An all female team demonstrating and selling an advanced exchange trading system to all male seasoned decision makers (who expected to talk to other men in black suits) was highly unusual. But it was powerful in its simplicity. Diversity was perhaps “risky” at the time building brand recognition all over the world but in today´s world it is an obvious agenda point and a ‘must’ for all modern and successful companies. In the OMX example, no other booth was ever as crowded as the OMX booth at the fairs!
At Carne I feel I am once again in an entrepreneurial company that views challenges as opportunities, people as its most valuable asset and that has the obvious mission of actively supporting clients. It is really fun and inspiring for me. My experience of the recruitment process at Carne was all but normal or standardised so I got a real-life experience of how different a company can actually be. It came as a surprise to me as we usually talk about companies being ‘same – same but different’. That is actually not my experience of Carne so far. I consider Carne being the first company I’ve come across during my long career that actually walk the talk and really genuinely focus on people.
To those who have met me, my Swedish roots might not come as a surprise as I’m a consensus person. I always try to ensure I bring people with me and view this as an important part of achieving my targets. I’m setting the stage you could say or “jag krattar manegen”, as we say in Swedish. My philosophy in life is to learn something new every day and to do something good for someone – saying something nice to or about someone, helping them out or giving them a hug. At the risk of sounding cheesy, this approach seems to go hand in hand with Carne’s own values.