Kenneth SteengaardManaging Director, Head of Nordea Markets FICC
"I come from a background of quantitative research and IT development, and began my career in that rather hybrid space. There weren't many of us doing this at the time. "
"I studied mathematics and economics at the University of Southern Denmark, and this could have led me anywhere, but my interests steered me into the financial world where I got passionate about how technology was creating an exciting new era for financial markets. Back then all sorts of new digital possibilities opened up, and I wanted to be at the frontline of this."
"I started with what was to become Nordea Markets as an analyst and eventually became head of research. I enjoyed this change from a very detailed profile of quantitative research and programming into a broader management profile."
"At the start of the new millennium, I took charge of developing our internet based offering on financial products, and in 2007 I then added the responsibility for foreign exchange and money markets trading.”
“In November 2015 I took on the responsibility for heading the FICC franchise - in the midst of massive regulatory changes and changing markets structures. And that is truly a challenge which I am humble about, and at the same time it is also interesting and developing“
"Leading change and staying ahead of things is what I like. Doing something that is tangible and seeing great ideas turn around and take off, is to me a great thing to experience. "
"And there continues to be exciting revolutions happening in the financial markets that I enjoy being a part of. The 'electronification' of the business continues to excite and fascinate me, and finding new opportunities in the significant changes the entire financial industry is current undergoing is a super interesting challenge."
"The important thing about Nordea Markets, to me, is that we operate with a mind-set that is different from the operational norm. Our approach is to delve deeper into the complexities of our customers' business problems and their risk exposures to create stronger assurances and better solutions for them."
"That is our core philosophy at Nordea - one that really sets us apart. We hire the best people and build great systems, but it's more than just that production model, it's a fully sustainable customer-facing business model. And unlike many other banks, it sews a continuing thread into our every action - ensuring that what is important to our customers is important to us."