The atmosphere was convivial, when Professor Dr Nils Stieglitz, President of Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, welcomed Thomas Rodermann, Spokesman of the Management Board and Market Head Germany, Austria and Nordics of UBS Europe SE, at the front of a Frankfurt School classroom on November 30, 2018. They had met at a football game the day before, when the wealth manager had to leave early to prepare his lecture. Professor Dr. Wolfgang Reittinger, Professor of Management Practice in Private Wealth Management at Frankfurt School, had invited Thomas Rodermann to be a guest speaker at his Master Elective on “Private Wealth Management“.
“I am probably the last banker who still wears a tie”, Thomas Rodermann joked after the official welcoming notes were over. “I keep wearing it, because it is like a uniform and it makes me feel confident and comfortable” he admitted and stressed how important it was to stay authentic, when meeting with a very diverse customer base that can range from a young tech founder to a hedge fund manager or the owner of a traditional family-run enterprise. Before diving into the UBS business model, Thomas Rodermann looked back at his career spanning 35 years in the banking industry and pointed out that knowing the client as well as the product side of the business had been a huge career asset for him.