If there were one person in Argos Wityu’s 50-strong team who represents the European dimension of the fund, it would probably be you.
Quite possibly! I was born in the USA to a Swedish mother and a Dutch father, but I grew up in both Belgium and the Netherlands. I had a real Scandinavian upbringing, but since then I have developed a strong Mediterranean bias: I have been married to an Italian for 35 years now. And I’ve been living in Switzerland for nearly 30 years. So yes, I naturally feel deeply European above anything else.
What does your role as Director of Investor Relations entail on a daily basis?
I am responsible for the commercial aspects of fundraising and investor relations for the entire group. Remember that while Argos Wityu’s core business is to make investments and acquire majority stakes in SMEs, these are financed by third parties, mainly of international origin. Our investors commit for an average of 10-12 years. It is up to me to convince them to invest and then nurture these relationships over time. Backed by a team of three people (two in Paris, one in Geneva) in constant contact with the six Argos Wityu offices, our role is to answer any type of question, help to find solutions for their needs and always illustrate the added value we create.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
If I had to choose one thing that really motivates me at Argos Wityu, it would be passing on the knowledge and expertise that I have acquired to my co-workers. Rather than managing, I prefer to provide support for them on their journey so that they can benefit fully from the experience I have acquired over the years, and in turn grow themselves. I see a sense of intergenerational transfer and a desire for dialogue that are central to the relationships that Argos Wityu’s team fosters with its broad community. The people we partner with are entrepreneurs who don’t have the financial resources to invest by themselves. They need a partner who can provide this financial support. Beyond the money, it’s a sparring partner. Someone ready to share their experience, their expertise, and their network.
What encounter - or moment - stands out in your time at Argos?
I began my career at Argos in 1996, working in administrative roles two days a week, so as to have time to raise my two young sons. I have been lucky in the sense that the managing partners truly understood what I was looking for. They gave me an opportunity to grow alongside them by setting new challenges that helped me move forward. And when any opportunity presented itself, I think I was able to rise to the challenge.
“I began my career at Argos in 1996, working in administrative roles two days a week, so as to have time to raise my two young sons.”
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