Number cruncher believes the investment community is too quick to forgive companies

Career Path: Nordea Asset Management's Robert Næss learned how to use his quant skills in an inventive way while working at a power company. Today, he uses his knack for analysis almost every day and even though his title has been CIO for more than two decades, he still considers himself a portfolio manager.

Robert Næss of Nordea Asset Management has studied the age of top executives of listed companies. | Photo: PR

At Nordea, Robert Næss is known for his unusual analyses. A few years ago, he analyzed 11,000 global companies and their results over the last eight years.

According to his analysis, companies with a female CEO, or a female head of the board, yielded more than twice the return of the MSCI World Index. The analysis in question resulted in great media attention.

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