What is your consulting expertise?
13 years strategy and operations consulting experience from A.T. Kearney, Accenture, BearingPoint and for the past 1.5 years as an independent consultant. I focus primarily on the COO agenda – from supply chain strategy to lean/operational excellence transformations – working across industries, but with extensive experience in consumer goods/retail.
What motivates you to do your sport?
When I was young, animals in general were part of my life, and horses, in particular, held my interest from an early age. I had the privilege of living on a farm, so opportunities for having my own horses were very good and already at a young age I started training and competing with them. Driving is one of the most spectacular, adrenaline-fuelled equestrian sports and an incredible display of fitness and stamina for both horse and driver. A full competition spans three days of competition (Dressage, Marathon and Cones) and can be done with one, two or four horses in front of the carriage. From age 15 to 19, I competed on the highest national level (and some international events as well) in horse driving with a pony pair. It practically took all my spare time – in season I would train the horses 20-25 hours/week and in addition handle all the stable chores, etc., that are also required when dealing with live animals. When I started studying at university, I had to prioritize and chose to focus on my studies, so I left my horses with my parents (my mother actually competed with them for a couple of years), but I still liked to keep informed about the sport. So I decided to sign up to become an authorised judge instead, and nowadays I travel around Sweden and judge competitions. It is a great way for me to be involved with the sport, and the time required is limited, so it ofers a good balance with my work, family and other interests.
How does this relate to the consulting world?
For me it is more of a contrast to the consulting world, an opportunity to spend time in a diferent environment.