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7 Questions with Valérie Patthey
Name: Valérie Patthey
Current title: Independent Advisor
Current organization: Logimedia
Seasoned innovation and marketing executive specializing in brand positioning/reputation, complex business transformation, merger, acquisition, and digital innovation. Proven success record catalyzing large scale change in complex, global corporate environments with outstanding business impact in terms of new clients, process efficiency.
Entrepreneurial self-starter with hands-on experience in start-up and blue-chip organizations: Bank Pictet, Bank Julius Baer, Merrill Lynch, BCV, Omega Watches International, The Swatch Group.
Broad international experience and leadership roles. Multi-year industry experience in private wealth management, luxury industry, consumer goods, consulting.
Large experience in corporate social responsibility, its implementation and sustainability as in general.
1. What have you found most challenging as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise?
Create an efficient network (especially for large companies with international presence) to be efficient and lead with inspiration to motive colleagues
2. How did you become a CEO or executive of a large enterprise? Can you please briefly tell the story?
I started with limited responsibilities and my natural curiosity allowed my to acquire new knowledge that led me to have more responsibilities. Changing sectors has been a challenge which allowed me to keep a high level of motivation and energy that I tried to transmit to my teams.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
I like to start the day with e-newspaper/news. In between meetings, I try to leave time in the middle of the day to deal with emergencies and to have informal discussion with colleagues. I end my days by answering e-mails. I practice spot twice a week and like to share dinner with my family or friend.
4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?
The pandemic crisis has shown that there is no predefine response but behavior, emotional intelligence and constant communication are key elements avoiding overreacting and continuing to look ahead
5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?
Overall, a situation is never fixed and it is important to keep in mind that mistakes are possible and we have to learn from them. Therefore, it is important to show that failure is permitted and this will encourage to move forward and it has to be used to progress (can be avoid/prevent with a procedure).
6. How do you build leadership capacity in a large enterprise?
Leading by showing the example and allowing co-creation. Orchestrating the teams to have everyone effective by having member listening to each other. To talk about diversity and inclusion. People need to feel included. Be authentic with a high level of humility and develop soft skills.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise so far?
To achieve a major launch in a short period of time, communicating openly and clearly that the situation was difficult , teams were motivated, mobilized and performed complementary tasks together to accomplish together a great result.