Since August, Swiss Prime Site Solutions has had a new CEO – and Anastasius Tschopp has had a new mission. We met the 39-year old from Lucerne for a chat about scale, team sports and his choice to simply hang up his boots.
Prime Tower, 34th floor. Anastasius Tschopp is waiting for us. He has lots to tell us about his plans and his new tasks as the brand-new CEO of Swiss Prime Site Solutions. First of all, though, we take a quick look back:
Mr Tschopp, you are not even forty yet and you’ve taken up a challenging new position at Swiss Prime Site. How did you get here?
I started off by obtaining a comprehensive qualification in the construction sector. However, although I did really enjoy my job, I wanted to keep learning. So I signed up for business economics at the Lucerne Commercial College. Later on, I joined Wincasa, and quickly got my first management functions there. That was an exciting period, and I realised that I enjoy taking responsibility. My route then took me through the Zurich Airport Development Department, to Credit Suisse, and then finally Swiss Prime Site Immobilien, where in parallel with my job I completed the two Masters in Real Estate Management and Banking and Finance at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration.
That sounds pretty strenuous.
Yes, it was an intense period. But I enjoy learning, I’m curious and I love change. I’ve never really planned a long-term career path. I’ve just kept taking one step at a time.
Anastasius Tschopp’s latest step has taken him from Switzerland’s leading real estate company to a management position in its smaller, younger subsidiary, Swiss Prime Site Solutions. «If Swiss Prime Site Immobilien is the Atlantic Ocean, Swiss Prime Site Solutions might be the Adriatic Sea» , laughs Tschopp, quickly adding: «At least a sea, and anyway it’s hardly the size that matters. I can see the enormous potential in the company, the existing synergies in the group and ways that these can be exploited. That’s what I love about this new challenge.»
Swiss Prime Site Solutions is an independent, innovative asset manager – small and agile. «In fact, we do the same thing as Swiss Prime Site Immobilien, but for third parties» , explains Tschopp. «That means that the properties don’t belong to us. I’m no longer on the same side as the owner, I’m a service provider.» The portfolio of the young company currently includes an investment foundation with 230 investors. But there is no intention to stop there. Tschopp has all kinds of ideas for the future: from innovative products to conservative investment opportunities, from managing existing real estate funds for third party businesses to developing new funds. Whatever the idea, Tschopp emphasises that it is important to offer added value, economize better than others, and make full use of the potential and expertise available in the Swiss Prime Site Group.