It is not every day that Nordic individuals over here in Asia get to meet with the CEO of any of the big Nordic banks! And certainly not in connection to a morning run!
This kind of rare occasion however became reality in Singapore on the Monday morning of 20 April, when a group of enthusiastic runners met for a 11 kilometre ‘Jungle Run’- together with Nordea Bank’s President and CEO Christian Clausen!
Co-arranged by the respective Nordic business associations, DABS, FBCSG, NBAS and SBAS together with Nordea Bank, this “Rumble in the Jungle” was a “great success” attracting forty participants out to MacRitchie Reservoir park.
So how did this unique event come about? Indeed Mr Clausen is a seasoned runner, explained Lars Kyvsgaard, Nordea Singapore to ScandAsia.
Nordea Bank’s top-ranking leader had been out on a Sentosa morning run on a previous occasion in Singapore along with the Nordic Ambassadors and through that the idea for this event had been born.
The participants met at 7 am and set off on the run, followed by breakfast and a meet & greet with Mr Clausen.
It was very informal and cosy, reports Lars Kyvsgaard. As a result the attendants felt there were less boundaries and an easy-going setting to have conversations directly with such a high-ranking executive as Mr Clausen.
“To meet with the CEO of Nordea Bank in this informal setting was much appreciated. Mr Clausen did not hold any seminar, instead the meet & greet enabled people to ask questions, which lead to conversations about interesting topics. People could learn from each other.”
The CEO was in Singapore coinciding with the 10th Singapore Maritime Week. Delegates representing port authorities, CEOs, industry leaders, and maritime experts and professionals worldwide converged in Singapore to discuss key trends, opportunities and challenges facing the maritime industry today.
Mr Clausen was a speaker and panel participant at the Sea Asia Global Forum, discussing trends and issues impacting the maritime industry.