Lone Fønss Schrøder on her journey from aviation and logistics to blockchain

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Concordium is an industry-grade blockchain solution that plans to offer the world’s first blockchain network with a protocol-level identity mechanism. In February 2019, the start-up appointed Lone Fønss Schrøder as its CEO.

With 22 years under her belt working at logistics giant Maersk in several senior management positions, a background in aviation and financial services, an ongoing role as vice-chair of Volvo’s board of directors and a seat on the board of Ikea, it’s safe to say that Fønss Schrøder has quite the resumé.

As she settles into her new role in Concordium and prepares for a busy year ahead, we spoke to her about how her previous work experience led her to blockchain, why it’s essential to offer employees a healthy work-life balance and how she feels about the transition from being senior vice-president of a huge corporation like Maersk to taking on the role of CEO at a start-up.

‘I did not see many other women working as CEOs when I was 28 and I still don’t see them now in the industries I have worked in’

You’re no stranger to working in fintech. Is this what led you to blockchain?

As you know, I’ve taken the voyage from big, systemic financial institutions like Credit Suisse, so I see it as a natural continuation for me to also understand an element of the cutting-edge technology that’s not only appropriate for financial institutions, but also for other industrial uses.

I think Concordium is addressing a segment that I don’t see any other blockchain addressing. We have recently hired a new CTO, Torben Pryds Pedersen, who has experience as Cryptomathic’s head of R&D. I think you can really move together with some of the most talented people in the world in this field.

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