Can you introduce yourself in a few words? Your age, your family situation and the country you live in?
I am 24 years old, and I live in Paris. I studied finance at EDHEC Business School (France) and at Nova School of Business and Economics (Portugal).
Tell us about your career and how you joined Argos.
During my time in business school, I explored many avenues for my future career. I did internships in investment banking and transaction services in addition to my PE internship with Argos. My experience with Argos simply stood out. I was hooked on the PE industry, and I felt at home with Argos. I am a curious person by nature and I get a lot of energy from interacting with people from backgrounds that are different than my own.
The world of private equity has changed a lot in recent years. What is your definition of PE? How do you see it?
The definition of private equity for me is working side by side with the management team in order to create value. And we achieve that by giving a company the right resources to reach its objective.
The feeling that guides you the most in your daily life?
I am very motivated by variety in my job and I like facing new challenges. That’s why I am particularly fond of Argos’s unconventional investment strategy, which relies on solving complex situations that change from one case to another and force me to be adaptable. This genuinely motivates me.
What encounter - or moment - stands out in your time at Argos?
I think the most memorable moment for me at Argos was when I was sent out into the field to the headquarters of a portfolio company. To put it in context, I was at the end of my internship at Argos and wanted to work on more operational matters. I was not disappointed as I got the chance to work for a month on improving the supply chain process of the portfolio company Sasa Demarle. I had the opportunity to work every day with their supply chain director. I felt very empowered by the confidence that the Argos team showed me at such an early stage in my career.
Some say we are the average of the people we meet. What do you think?
Growing up in an altruistic family, I learnt from an early age about the joy of sharing and giving. I believe this is a trait that I have in common with my closest friends and describes me a lot as a person. This also characterises me in the workplace, where I sincerely care about the people with whom I work. I always try to go the extra mile for the people around me.
How do you find balance in your life as a whole?
For me it’s all about prioritising the things I need. I always try to set aside some time to play sports and go out with my friends. As long as I have the time to do the things that matter to me, then I know I can put energy and effort into my job.
Outside of your job, what are your passions or commitments?
Outside of work I love sports and travelling. I am passionate about lesser-known sports such as horseball and padel. If you look for me on weekends, you will probably find me in one of the European capitals.
How do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself having an international career, for instance opening a new office abroad for a PE fund, joining a PE fund as it is being created or creating my own fund. These are my aspirations for the long term. In addition to that, I would like to be a lecturer or a professor at a university to pass on what I have learnt.
“Private equity for me is working side by side with the management team in order to create value.”
Do you have a special place that reflects who you are, that inspires you and contributes to your balance?
Lisbon, without hesitation. It’s my second home; I lived there for a year during my last year of business school. It was a real hit both for its climate and its quality of life. The pace is a bit more relaxed than in Paris! And I also had the chance to meet incredible people there.
In another life, you would be... ?
In a life where I was born more athletically gifted than this one, I would have liked to be a professional athlete. I admire the determination and commitment that is required to achieve the highest level of any physical discipline.
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