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A series of one-to-one interviews with leaders of some of Europe’s best known industrial and technology companies. We ask these CEOs and Chairs about their careers, experiences and leadership lessons. We talk about the challenges of the sectors they are working in, the opportunities they see on the horizon and gauge their views on some of the burning topics of our time. 

21st Century Industrialists ERT

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A series of one-to-one interviews with leaders of some of Europe’s best known industrial and technology companies. We ask these CEOs and Chairs about their careers, experiences and leadership lessons. We talk about the challenges of the sectors they are working in, the opportunities they see on the horizon and gauge their views on some of the burning topics of our time. 

    Benoît Potier, Chairman of Air Liquide

    Benoît Potier, Chairman of Air Liquide

    During his engineering studies at Ecole Centrale Paris, Benoît Potier was active in the theatre group, enjoying it to such an extent that he even considered becoming a professional actor. Ultimately however, his decision to forge a career in industry instead proved to be the right one, as he has spent his entire career at Europe's leading industrial gases company: Air Liquide. In the first episode of Season 3, we discuss his early life, how his career path progressed all the way to the r...

    • 41 min
    Leif Johansson, the polymath of Swedish enterprise

    Leif Johansson, the polymath of Swedish enterprise

    Leif Johansson initially wanted to be a rock guitarist. That ambition morphed into wanting to become a professor of physics. But somewhere along the way, he was drawn into business and found an endless avenue for his curiosity.He turned out to be quite good at business too, taking on his first leadership role at Husqvarna Motorcycles, at the age of 27. Over the decades that followed he led companies making furniture (FACIT), household appliances (Electrolux), buses, construction vehicles &amp...

    • 48 min
    Dr Martin Brudermüller & Dr Lars Frolund on Innovation made in Europe

    Dr Martin Brudermüller & Dr Lars Frolund on Innovation made in Europe

    As ERT prepares to launch a new publication about innovation, we thought it could be interesting to do an episode where we discuss that very subject. So, we brought together a leader of one of Europe’s most significant industrial companies - Dr Martin Brudermüller, CEO of BASF SE - and a top drawer academic and deep tech investment expert - Dr Lars Frolund of M.I.T. and the European Innovation Council. Over the course of this episode, we discuss why innovation matters, how Europe ...

    • 47 min
    Hilde Merete Aasheim, President & CEO of Norsk Hydro

    Hilde Merete Aasheim, President & CEO of Norsk Hydro

    We talk with Hilde Aasheim Merete, the President and CEO of Norsk Hydro, the Norwegian aluminium and energy company, with operations worldwide. She talks about how her first summer job in a bakery put her on the path to working in business, the career moves that followed – at some inopportune moments – and the opportunities and challenges she has faced on her way to the top of Norsk Hydro and indeed, in that role. Episode 12 – Show Notes21st Century Industrialists is produced by ERT and...

    • 42 min
    Ola Källenius, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Group

    Ola Källenius, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Group

    In this episode, we talk with someone is leading the transformation of one of the most recognised car companies in the world: Ola Källenius, the CEO of Mercedes-Benz Group. He has spent his entire career working in various depts of the legendary car company, culminating in his appointment to the top role in 2019 – the first non-German national to lead the company.Over the course of our conversation, he talks openly about his early life in Sweden, his rise through Mercedes-Benz, those early mo...

    • 37 min
    Jonathan Symonds, Chairman of GSK

    Jonathan Symonds, Chairman of GSK

    In this latest episode, we talk with Sir Jonathan Symonds, the Chairman of GSK. A maven of the bridge between life sciences and finance, he spoke with us about his upbringing in the UK, his first career track in accountancy & consulting, the cultural lessons he learned working on mergers such as the one that brought Astra and Zeneca together and the challenges & joys of changing career direction numerous times. It's an episode rich in inspiration and wisdom - enjoy! Episode 10 –...

    • 42 min

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