Greek-American director intrigued by Nordic asset management culture

Storebrand AM's Director of International Clients Spiros Alan Stathacopoulos got a bit of a culture shock when he started working alongside Norwegians who love to eat mackerel in tomato sauce for lunch. AMWatch talked to him about the cultural differences he encountered upon moving to the Norwegian capital more than a decade ago.

Norwegians are obsessed with eating their “matpakke” [lunch box] at their desk. Or they go to the canteen and order two slices of bread and then they eat their own "makrell i tomat" [mackerel in tomato sauce], says Spiros Alan Stathacopoulos. | Photo: Karl Ragnar Gjertsen

Director of International Clients at Storebrand Asset Management Spiros Alan Stathacopoulos grew up in France, the US and Greece, studied in Scotland and had his first asset management jobs in Edinburgh, Glasgow and then London.

In 2008, he then moved to Norway when he was headhunted to start up the international department at DNB. The Nordic newcomer did not know much about the region's working culture at that time. Well, he had heard about the very long maternity leave. But that was about it. However, it did not take long time for him to unravel other findings:

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