Luigi Wewege is the strong, steady presence serving at the helm of Vivier Group, where he is responsible for leading the multinational financial group of companies as president and CEO. With representation spanning the globe, and still in the process of expanding, Vivier Group owes much of its success to the expert guidance of Luigi.
Luigi recently published a book: The Digital Banking Revolution, detailing the manner in which the banking industry will be transformed by technological advances as well as disruptive innovation.
1. What is the most challenging aspect associated with your role as president and CEO of Vivier Group?
Serving as president and CEO of Vivier Group presents many challenges, all of which are unique and require thoughtfully designed solutions. Our ongoing expansion is likely our greatest source of challenges, as we are continually working to expand our reach beyond the jurisdictions we currently serve throughout Oceania, Asia, Europe, South America, and Africa.
2. In what sectors are Vivier Group’s investments concentrated?
Our investments are concentrated in a wide array of sectors, including, but not necessarily limited to, venture capital, management consulting, health care, financial services, and property development.
3. What does the future hold for Vivier Group?
In addition to expanding our reach beyond the jurisdictions we currently serve, we are always looking to add to the group of companies that make up Vivier Group. A current example is Vivier Growth Fund, which we plan on launching soon so it can join a group of companies that already features Vivier & Co, Vivier Investments, Vivier Ventures, Vivier Developments, and Vivier Capital.
4. In what ways have you used your position to make positive contributions to society?
I am incredibly grateful that my professional success has allowed me to make so many positive contributions to society, and I have always been enthusiastic about opportunities for fostering positive change through youth empowerment as well as through the creation of greater opportunities for development. As a director and trustee with Doing Good Fellows, for example, I have been able to use my position to encourage greater youth empowerment while also offering solutions capable of addressing many of the more common issues and challenges faced by non-profit organizations.
5. If you could go back in time to give advice to yourself just as you were starting out, what would you say?
I’d tell my younger self that it will all work out and to keep at what I was doing and that the path I was on was leading me to where I aimed to be. I think one of the hardest parts about business is the uncertainty. It’s imperative that you push through any doubts or insecurities.
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6. What is your favourite sport?
Sports have always been a big part of my life, and there are quite a few that I enjoy participating in whenever I have time away from my professional responsibilities with Vivier Group. Golf is probably my favourite of all the sports I still play, and I had the opportunity of competing against some great golfers while I was a collegiate athlete at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.
7. What is the nicest compliment you have ever received?
Although it wasn’t a direct compliment, the fact that the pilot study I completed for the FTC, a study that ultimately served as the impetus for a report submitted to the US Congress as part of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, was received so well it felt like quite a compliment, especially considering that I was only an undergraduate at the time I executed the study.
8. Who would you most like to meet (dead or alive)?
I’d love to meet, and play a round of golf with, the late Arnold Palmer, who was not just a legendary golfer, but also an exceptional entrepreneur and a truly dedicated philanthropist.
9. What is your all-time favourite food?
While I have had the pleasure of experiencing some truly exquisite culinary delights from all over the world, Italian cuisine is still my all-time favourite.
10. Can you tell us something that might surprise us?
In addition to earning a collegiate golf scholarship, my sporting career also includes being a national junior champion in swimming.
You can find out more about Luigi and his book The Digital Banking Revolution on his website – www.luigiwewege.com
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