Fishing for talent at Harvard
Today there is truly a war for talent. In this increasingly competitive landscape for recruiting employees you need to innovate and find new hunting ground. Altor has been successful at attracting two investment team members outside its traditional locations – from one of the most prestigious spots in the world: Harvard University. Notably, a University where Altor’s founder, Harald Mix, also graduated his Master in Business Administration degree with High Distinction.
Clara Zverina and Sabrina Castenfelt are strikingly international when you take a look at their CVs.
Clara joined Altor in 2014 after finalizing her Ph.D. in Public Policy at Harvard. Clara, German-born, first completed a Bachelor with honors degree from Oxford University in 2004 and started her career in investment banking in New York, before moving to Cambridge, MA. “I met some of my colleagues at Altor before taking the decision to move to Sweden. Those first coffee meetings were quite honestly a reason for me to choose Sweden as the next step after Harvard. I felt then, and still feel now, that I found a group of people whose values were really aligned with mine. People are humble, passionate about building great companies, and care both about those we work with in the portfolio companies, as well as our colleagues.” Clara says.
When arriving in Sweden, Clara was fluent in six languages but was determined to make Swedish the next on the list. Six years in, she has been involved in several of Altor’s Swedish portfolio companies and been promoted to Director. Clara was also instrumental in Altor’s first investment in the DACH-region, KonfiDents. By now Altor has formalized its presence in the DACH region through the Zürich-office. In her spare time, Clara loves to explore the Swedish outdoors with her husband and three children. ”For someone like me who gets my energy from being in nature, Sweden is an amazing base. From hiking to downhill and cross-country skiing, to sailing, to camping – there is always something to do. That is especially true if you live according to the Swedish credo of “There is no bad weather, only bad clothes”. Luckily we have most of those outfit solutions in our portfolio companies!“
Sabrina joined Altor in 2019, after having interned at the company during the summer of her first year at Harvard Business School. “I had a great experience last summer, working on projects that touched three continents. Altor has a unique investment philosophy and a collaborative yet creative culture that I was excited to be a part of.” Sabrina has worked as an analyst at Goldman Sachs in London and New York. She is currently an Associate focusing on investments in Transcom and RevolutionRace. In her time outside work, the black-belt karate practitioner is spending time at the dojo but also getting to know her new home town. “Although I have a Swedish passport, I have spent most of my life in the UK and the US, so for me the experience in Stockholm is to discover my family roots and develop a taste for pickled herring.”