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which you would receive all the sleep that you needed so that you wouldn’t waste time eating and sleeping and could keep going without the need to stop. Today I’m still someone who has to be constantly in gear. Having to spend two days in one place without something to do makes me very nervous. I much prefer going to my office and getting some work done! In fact, there are only two places in the world where I really feel content: at the office in Hamburg and at our finca Son Coll on Mallorca.

“If I have time, I play a game of polo every morning before going into the office.”

interest and which they could manage responsibly. I think the company should be run by someone who is qualified first and foremost and not by someone who has inherited it. If both these things came together, I would naturally be very pleased. What do you regard as the biggest challenge for the company today? 

Growing the company further is no longer a real challenge for us. Today we have more than 10,000 employees at 800 locations in 30 countries on four continents. The issue we You became a father quite late when need to confront and consider over The E&V Polo Cup award ceremony in Mallorca (here you turned 50. How did fatherhood the coming years is digitalization, in 2013). CV likes his Son Coll parties to be a good mix of E&V e ­ mployees and personal friends from the old days. change you?  I am and have always and what I’ve been pondering are been a very goal-oriented person. the answers to the following quesBecoming a father was not something I had originally set as one of tions: How will the digitalization of the world affect our business and my goals. I actually thought that having a child would lead me off the how far do we have to think into the future? How do we preserve our path and make it difficult to achieve my other goals, but having chilbusiness model and maintain our relevance for the next 20 years? dren made me all of a sudden realize that being a father opened up What would you say are your biggest achievements for you personala whole new chapter in my life, a chapter I didn’t know even existed. ly?  What makes me happy is seeing that my theory about developing I hadn’t been able to imagine this before, and only realized it when a perfect, systematized approach to customer service was correct. And that we succeeded in pairing this with a strong global brand. Moving my son Oscar was born. Today it’s a wonderful thing to have found into our new E&V headquarters in the HafenCity area this summer the answer to the question: “Why am I here and doing all of this?” I will be a special event for me personally. Our new head office will be now have a better sense of the continuity of life and find myself seeing things in a very dynastic way. Of course I could just go ahead a building where the E&V brand will really come alive. On a more and sell the company, but nothing could be further from my mind. personal level, I enjoy the company of my circle of friends that I have Do you hope one day to see one of your children taking over E&V? I purposely kept small because there’s not much space left in my life would like that very much, but I don’t think it will happen, because for new people. I have five or six close friends whom I enjoy spending the task is so complex and it would be pure coincidence if one of my time with and for whom I always will make time. And I am pleased children felt up to it. But it would also make me happy if they found to have found spots on this planet where I feel most comfortable and a place for themselves within the company, an area that struck their at home – Hamburg and Mallorca. And of course there’s my family.

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