When did you join UniCredit and what do you do?
I joined UniCredit in 2002 - feeling old now! I joined as a CIB graduate in Munich and from 2003-2019 worked in the Financial Sponsor Solutions team in London, which I co-headed from 2016 onwards.
In 2019, I relocated to Vienna with my family, where I am head of UniCredit Bank Austria’s Financing and Advisory (F&A) division. As F&A Head, I oversee several units: corporate structured finance, portfolio management, capital markets and advisory activities including M&A.
Describe your ideal workday?
If weather permits, I cycle to work and drop off my daughter at her kindergarten before starting at my desk at around 8.30. Covid has changed my routine a bit, so I try to be as structured as possible with meetings throughout the day.
My day consists of video calls with my teams to discuss business matters, reading credit files, joining various business and credit committees and working on initiatives and projects, HR matters and business alignment.
I personally prefer working in the office, not only because my wife works from home and takes up the internet bandwidth, but I also enjoy seeing colleagues and feel more connected to the job in the office. Covid has shown us that flexible working environments are a key to success and that “working from home” is not only as productive as office work, but can contribute to work life balance.
What do you eat at lunchtime normally?
I rarely go out for lunch but instead get a takeaway and eat at my desk, whilst reading through news and emails – a bad habit which might still be a leftover from my time in London! I try to eat healthily during the week, but indulge on weekends.
Can you share an insider-anecdote on a funny moment you’ve experienced at work?
In general, I love the chat that we have in video calls whilst waiting for everyone to connect – one can witness the funniest conversations, when we make jokes on ties and home office backgrounds. The funniest moment I had was probably when I accepted a video call when I just finished a workout… always check whether the camera is on!