UNIGESTION CEO: “I DON’T SEE MY JOB AS MAKING THE RICH RICHER”

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After 30 years at Swiss asset manager Unigestion, CEO Fiona Frick says she’s learned the secret to intelligent risk, and a big part of that means including ESG in overseeing more than USD 23 billion in assets. Here she talks about the perfect investment mix and about what sets her firm apart from the rest.
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