COMMUNAUTÉS & EXPERTISES — Management

colette dierick (CEO of ING Luxembourg)

“Paperjam Top 100 laureates are an inspiration for a lot of people”



“An influential person sees the bigger picture and, at the same time, understands the intricacies of change”, says Colette Dierick.  (Photo: Marie De Decker)

“An influential person sees the bigger picture and, at the same time, understands the intricacies of change”, says Colette Dierick.  (Photo: Marie De Decker)

Ahead of the ceremony of the 8th edition of the Paperjam Top 100, one of the sponsors, Colette Dierick (CEO of ING Luxembourg) shares her definition of influence and highlights the evolution of the profiles revealed over the last 15 years.

Why do you associate your brand with this event?

Colette Dierick . – “At ING, we believe in people’s potential. We empower people and businesses to realise their own vision for a better future. The Top 100 even distinguishes the 100 most influential decision-makers in Luxembourg. Through their energy, their creativity and their persistence, these men and women contribute every day to the dynamism and attractiveness of our country. 

These are the social and economic leaders of our community. Their passion encourages them to do more of the things that give their lives meaning, and recognizing their engagement for Luxembourg is in line with ING’s purpose.

Last but not least, I am sure that our Paperjam Top 100 laureates are an inspiration for a lot of people.

How do you define an influential person?

“First of all, it is someone with a strong belief system or set of principles, and who has the courage to present an individual point of view. An influential person sees the bigger picture and, at the same time, understands the intricacies of change.

Even more importantly, influential people have charisma that engages and inspires those around them. They lead by example and, as an active member of their community, they have impact.

What is your 2021 forecast for the Luxembourg economy in general, and your sector in particular?

“I am afraid the economic aftermath of the pandemic will still be felt in 2021 – also in Luxembourg. Companies in several sectors are fighting for survival, job cuts will follow. There will still be substantial pressure on banks’ income because of the low interest rates; at the same time, banks will continue to support businesses and households through their pivotal role in the economy, and this will result in higher credit risk costs for banks.

However, next to challenges, change also brings about opportunities. The way we approach office life has probably changed forever – this should result in a better work-family balance, less traffic jams, expanding digital usage, etc. Luxembourg has a strong track record of managing and supporting change so I am also curious to see what new business ideas will materialize in the medium term.”

La cérémonie du Paperjam Top 100 2020 aura lieu ce mercredi 16 décembre à partir de 19h depuis l’auditorium de PwC.

Pour la suivre:

- Si vous êtes un CEO membre du Paperjam Club, vous pourrez profiter d’une plateforme exclusive pour rencontrer les lauréats et échanger avec vos pairs. Les inscriptions se font ici.

- Une retransmission en streaming sera assurée sur le site internet  paperjam.lu et accessible à tous.

Plus de 1.000 personnes sont attendues en ligne pour ce qui sera la soirée incontournable de cette fin d’année.

Le classement du Top 100 et les biographies des lauréats seront publiés dans le magazine Paperjam, disponible en kiosque à partir du jeudi 17 décembre.