How did you start your career?
“My career has been internationally oriented from day one. After leaving school with my “Abitur”, I spent some time in Argentina. I was able to combine my basic and doctoral studies at the RWTH Aachen with internships and study visits in Spain and Italy. Later I went to Paris, where I first worked at the Sorbonne and then at a consulting company. Following a part-time distance learning course in Business Management, I switched to a major brokerage company, where I advised multinationals on international employee benefits. I later founded and managed a branch in Germany for this company, before switching to Globality Health in Luxembourg. At Globality Health, I first focused on sales in Germany, then sales international, before taking on responsibility for sales, operations and legal affairs as a Managing Director.”
How do you manage to balance a demanding job and your private life?
“When I get home, I cook supper for my family. Nice and classic. Except for the days when I’m on a business trip, we all eat together at a nicely set table. Sometimes we talk about my work, but more about any number of things, like from the children’s day-to-day lives. Then I’m immediately in another world.”
Who or what inspired you to pursue a leadership role, and why?
“It just happened naturally. I started out in very simple positions and worked hard to simply do my job well. You could say I was the Hermione Granger of insurance ... From the very beginning, I took on responsibility in every position and made decisions within the set framework. As a result, I was constantly offered more involved tasks, a challenge that I took very seriously and worked hard at. And at some point, these tasks also included being a leader.”