”SURROUND YOURSELF WITH THE RIGHT PEOPLE”
Christian Klausson, now seeking a more passive role in the companies he owns, tells us about his different experiences.
“The largest mistake was when we bought a number of smaller companies and formed a corporate group. We appointed a CEO who didn’t really want the job. Lack of commitment and poor funding eventually lead to us declaring bankruptcy. One of the worst mistakes I’ve ever made.”
Christian, who through the years has built many successful companies, says that commitment is the most important factor for success.
“I learned that everybody has to contribute 100%. If everyone is fully committed, you can achieve almost anything. Surround yourself with good people, let others grow and trust your gut feeling.”
One of Christian’s most fond business memories is from when he sold his company Telnic. “We sold it to American Brightpoint (currently Ingrammicro). A large American company and we were pretty small, so we were quick to realize we needed help with the sale.”
The result was a really good deal, which formed the basis for Christian’s continued business activities.
Christian continues “It was a very good deal financially, but also for everyone involved. It is really nice to see the people you once worked with are still with the company, and now holding significant management positions.”
Family: Wife and two children
Homes: Hjuvik Torslanda and Zell Am See
Today: Now active in at least 10 businesses
Other: Christian is an active paraglider and really into sailing. He has raced in several different keelboat classes at international level. Christian also spends a lot of time in the mountains hiking, skiing and mountain biking.