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«The winners in the asset management industry’s consolidation are those who focus on the human factor and innovation.»

 

Christian Trixl
CEO of Amundi Switzerland

Christian Trixl is head of Amundi’s Swiss operations in Zurich and Geneva. He was previously Country Head at Columbia Threadneedle in Zurich for a number of years. We spoke to him in advance about the industry as such, with Christian Trixl representing the view that the consolidation in the asset management industry is not finished yet. Current social and economic developments will cause it to accelerate further. There are sure to be winners. People will be the key to success, and they are responsible for shaping the new reality.

 

Christian Trixl, what does success mean to you?

The result of collective effort – sometimes combined with a certain amount of luck.

What was the best decision you took in your career?

To keep going and put my heart and soul into what I do.

What is it that motivates you?

The satisfaction of achieving results with my team and colleagues, learning every day and growing with each new task.

What was your biggest challenge?

Making the right decision when faced with lots of different options and not changing my mind at the first obstacle.

Who do you think of when you hear the word “successful”?

Success has many faces.

Which values underlie your day-to-day actions, decisions, plans?

Have a mission in everything you do, take pleasure in sharing your journey with others and approach tasks with passion and discipline.

What importance do you attach to social media?

Used correctly, they are our future and enhance our lives. The coronavirus crisis has given us further proof of how important they can be for society in general and work in particular.

Which problems should politicians and authorities urgently address?

Lots of things in Switzerland work really well. I’d like to see more industry representatives being consulted on key decisions and acting as a sounding board. Industry associations play a vital role, so the quality of representatives and support from companies are very important.

How do you achieve that crucial work/life balance?

Through sport and travel and by spending time with family and friends.

What can you not do without?

Social engagement and a good book.

Who would you like to have lunch or dinner with?

Carola Rackete, the ship captain who rescued migrants in the Mediterranean. I’m overawed by the courage and selflessness of her actions.

What famous person would you like to meet?

Kofi Annan, a man who made a huge contribution to making our society more human.

What book are you reading at the moment?

Stephen Hawking’s “A Brief History of Time”. It explains astrophysics in a way that’s easy to understand. Even I now know what a black hole is.

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