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Case Study: Klaus Frankenberger

Personal details
Degree:Master of Letters (Management) Profile picture
School(s): School of Management
Year of Graduation:Aug-2008
National of: Germany
Employment details
Organisation: Axa Konzern AG
Job title: Head of Strategy Execution
Occupational Sector: Insurance
What has been your route to getting your current position?
  • Two and a half years as Head of Controlling Life Insurance @ AXA Konzern AG
  • Two and a half years as Executive Assistant @ Generali Versicherung AG
  • Three and a half years as Inhouse Strategy Consultant @ Generali Deutschland AG
  • Two years as Head of Insurance Audit @ Generali Deutschland AG
What does your job involve ?
Steering the project portfolio at AXA Germany, coordinating the implementation of AXA Germany’s strategy, leading a highly motivated and qualified team of strategy experts, chairing and participating in committee and board meetings.
What are the best bits of your job ?
High velocity, very high responsibility, steep learning curve and internationality.
Why were you successful?
Willingness to frequently change, not only to completely new topics but also different perspectives, being open to new things as well as appreciating heterogenous opinion.
What skills/ knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?
Strategy toolset, HR training, but most of all: Motivation to study new things which was ignited during my Master studies.
What advice would you give to students wishing to follow the same path?
1. Find the industry that suits you, then built up industry specific knowledge which will put you ahead of potential competitors in assessment centers etc
2. Enhance your knowledge during the first years
3. Stick to the industry and build upon your knowledge advantage. Working hours: Differ a lot, but mostly it is something between 10 to 12 hrs. a day.