7 Things with Lars Gustavsson

Lars Gustavsson - Head of Systems Integrators

Lars Gustavsson is an awardwinning Global CIO who joined TORI in September 2016 in the role of Director of Sales & Marketing. He has extensive experience of consistently delivering shareholder value and increased efficiencies for some of the world’s leading financial institutions including: ABN Amro, Standard Bank and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB) across multi-sites with global reach.


1. What was your first job?

Selling vegetables from a horse cart.


2. What advice would you give to your 21-year-old self?

Focus more - because I didn’t focus a lot when I was 21.


3. Who would your ultimate dinner party guests be?

Golda Meir, Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy and Indira Gandhi: they all changed history in their ways, they were all strong in the face of adversity and showed real leadership.


4. Who are your leadership role models?

Winston Churchill. Especially after reading Boris Johnson’s book ‘The Churchill Factor’.


5. What is your best piece of business advice?

Focus on profitability and sustainability at the same time.


6. What was the first record you ever bought?

Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band


7. What made you join TORI?

It’s entrepreneurial, it’s fun, it’s light-hearted, it’s focused and there is room for improvement…