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Interviews

a personal view on business

Interview with Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, organizational psychologist, author and entrepreneur

Leadership: How to achieve competence in picking competent leaders

Why do so many incompetent men become leaders? – A question that might spark many a heated discussion. For psychologist and author Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic it is also the title of choice for his current publication. European Business talked to the Argentinean-born scientist about the mistake of equating confidence with competence and the current ignorance of scientific data in public debate.

Interview with Gard Hollinger, star custom bike designer, entrepreneur, business partner of Hollywoodstar Keanu Reeves and co-founder OF ARCH Motorcycle Company, LLC

The American dream on two wheels

Enjoying the freedom of the open road on two wheels is an intrinsic piece of modern American mythology. No bike expresses this more than the hand-made, customized machines ARCH Motorcycle Company, which was founded on the idea of redefining the American performance cruiser. European Business talked to Gard Hollinger, joint-founder of ARCH Motorcycle Company about where he finds inspiration for his motorcycle designs, having a Hollywood star as a partner and whether he has a favourite bike in the new portfolio.

Interview with Vincent Lambert, CEO of L’Ardenne Prévoyante

Covering what matters in Belgium

If one thing is certain in life, it is uncertainty. Things happen: Illness, fire, accidents, death and a myriad of other calamities can occur. Fortunately, humanity came up with insurance, which, while not a solution or prevention against strokes of fate, provides financial support when times get tough. AXA is one of the biggest names in the insurance sector, and among the companies under its umbrella is L’Ardenne Prévoyante in Belgium. L’Ardenne Prévoyante provides insurance to the French-speaking regions of the country, focusing on private customers as well as small and medium-sized businesses. CEO Vincent Lambert spoke with European Business about how things are changing in the insurance business and how the company continues moving forward.

Interview with Andrea Terzariol. General Director, and Daniela Rosa, Head DLT Clients Desk at Banca Zarattini

A Swiss bank founded on core values

According to surveys Switzerland’s banks enjoy a superb reputation abroad – not only in terms of competence, safety and integrity but also regarding ethical values. They are world leaders in the international financial industry and acclaimed for providing quality services professionally and discreetly. Banca Zarattini & Co. SA is one of those Swiss banks – and known for remaining close to clients and far from risks.

Interview with Peter Trautwein, CEO of Aqualonis GmbH

Aqualonis: Converting fog into drinking water

With his CloudFisher, Peter Trautwein has developed a collector that can convert fog into drinking water in remote areas of the world - a device that not even strong winds can destroy. The industrial designer sells his collector through the WaterFoundation as well as via his own company Aqualonis. Mr. Trautwein spoke with European Business about the symbiosis between entrepreneurial and non-profit-making activity, the financing of his projects, and the various possibilities and limitations of his technology.

Interview with Andreas Both, Sales Director of Telesteps AB

Climb on, you are safe!

Climbing up a ladder, regardless if this happens daily as part of a job or rarely to pick cherries, change a light bulb, hang a decoration or fix the roof, is potentially dangerous and an easy way to injure yourself. The better to be on the safe side with ladders designed and made by Telesteps AB from Sweden. The company’s safe and sturdy ladders are often copied yet still second to none.

Portrait

Flourishing in adversity in freight forwarding

From one small lorry to a large fleet of vehicles: Despite the extensive challenges that the transport industry has experienced over the past 40 years, resulting in many insolvent companies, Italian freight forwarder Ceccarelli Group. has bucked the trend and proved that it can adapt to changing demands and trends. European Business spoke to Luca Ceccarelli, Commercial and Branch Manager at the family enterprise, to find out about the significant changes he has seen in the industry, and how the company has continued to flourish in the face of adversity.

Interview with Jörg Dreger, CEO DREGER Group GmbH

Safety training for companies: “The truly dangerous attacks seldom come out of the blue”

The increasingly complex international security situation is driving a new client base onto professional training bases: They now train company attorneys, managers and IT specialists in how to deal with worst case scenarios before they take up positions in crisis regions. Security expert Jörg Dreger has been holding seminars for this target audience for several years. He spoke to European Business about the most important steps companies can take to make doing business in crisis regions safer, the design of his training program and the response his expertise is eliciting from cyber protection specialists in particular.

Interview with Paolo Maderna, Managing Director of Unitransports SpA

Building bridges in the air

In today’s global trade markets, transports do not stop at national borders, and neither do customer contacts. Global trade relies on global relationships. This is something that Italian logistics company, Unitransports SpA, recognized early on. It revels in the international nature of its business and thrives in the high-pressure, tightly scheduled world of international air freight. Managing Director Paolo Maderna talks to European Business about what it takes to be successful on the international stage and how to maintain long distance personal relationships.

Interview with Nicklas Romell, CCO at Port of Helsingborg

Swedish gateway to the cargo world

As the country’s second-largest container port, Helsingborg is a key rail and road freight hub for Sweden and its international trade. Located on the strait of Öresund, the local waterways are among the busiest in the world. European Business spoke with Nicklas Romell, CCO at Port of Helsingborg, to find out about the port’s activities and success, and its approach to current hot topics such as sustainability and digitalization.

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