Guillaume Petitgas

Country: France
Sector: Other Industries
Job title: Co-Founder & Chief Commercial Officer
Subject of study: Business & Accounting
Year of graduation: 2001
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name

Finsmart Ltd.

What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

Left to the University of Warwick for an MA in International Political Economy – went to the IAE d’Aix en Provence (France) for an MSc in Finance – went into banking for app. 20 years! (Rome/ Geneva/ London) – now co-founded a fintech active in banking

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

A mix of recommendation & luck. – Banking is at a crossroad of different jobs allowing you to discover many industries – being challenged/ pushed whilst being given autonomy

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

I was president of the Photography Society and Committee Member of the International Community.

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

A solid “all rounder” Ba giving all the required skills to join an investment bank. The biggest highlight was the business school and the quality of the teaching.

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

Exeter provided the right balance between studies & campus life.

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

A leading university with a great campus life.

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

Analytical skills with a strong business overall knowledge.

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

Think of your work-life balance and where you are ready to put the cursor.

What are your plans for the future?

Bring my start-up from “starting” to scale-up !


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