Author: simonemenne

Lessons I would like to share with my younger self

  I was recently invited to speak before a group of young students on their first day at University. In preparation for the talk, I looked back on my own life and career and asked myself what I would tell my younger self if I could. First. Don’t be afraid of failure. I’ve failed several…
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How to become a Supervisory Board Member or Non-Executive Director

An overview from a non-executive board member At the moment, my profession is non-executive director (NED) or “Aufsichtsrätin”. This is my only profession – which, at least in Germany, is not very common. The fact that it is not given as an option on registration forms for conventions or conferences makes this clear. You’re expected…
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Global Economic Symposium #gesym18

  Last Tuesday, I attended a great panel session at the Global Economic Symposium (#gesym18) discussing “the future of work and education in the digital age” with three experts. The symposium took place in Kiel, my hometown, and was part of “the digital week in Kiel” (#diwokiel). It was organized by the Kiel Institute for…
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What does a Non Executive Director actually do everyday?

An Overview from an NED. Very often I am asked what a Non Executive Director (NED) actually does. This is sometimes combined with the assumption that it is a boring job – because you sit in endless meetings with no real impact. Some may even think an NED equals a NERD – which is not…
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The Start of a Small Podcast Series

  Last week, I did my first podcast session with Norman Glaser’s MARKENREBELL. We talked about business topics such as performance, digitisation, technology and the areas where our corporate culture needs to change. I also talked about how these topics have shaped me as a professional – and what I am working on at the…
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Why cyber security should be at the top of company boards’ agendas

  Last weekend, I attended a great workshop in London where board members as well as Chief Information officers (CIOs) and Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) from various industries (banking, pharma, technology, production and communication) met with CEOs of fast growing software companies to discuss innovative solutions in the areas Cyber Security, Cloud services, robots…
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The Challenges of Enterprise Evaluation

  As a member of a supervisory board, and even more as an acting CFO, I regularly have been and currently am involved in merger and acquisition projects – whether a company is considering buying other companies, selling parts of its own company, or merging with others. In all these cases, you have to evaluate…
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Do we need different leadership styles to tackle the current global developments?

  In my blogpost about power structures, I mentioned my strong belief in the need for diversity in management and politics. And I received some feedback from readers who are concerned that if we emphasise the need for women in leadership, we will actually separate men and women instead of bringing them together. But I…
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Rethinking healthcare – panel discussion at the NOAH conference in Berlin

  Buzzwords like blockchain or artificial intelligence applications have since become omnipresent. But can these new technologies really change the ways in which many industries work and approach problems? For me, the healthcare industry is a prime example for one of the industries where digital solutions have a lot of potential. At this year’s NOAH…
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How do I keep a digital mindset as a non-digital native?

  I was born in 1960. In my youth, telephones still had a cord. I wrote my master’s thesis on a typewriter. As these examples clearly show, I’m a dinosaur and a non-digital native. But I know that it is always important to stay tuned to the newest developments. How can I possibly do a…
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