Samuel Skott is heading up our largest market; Tele2 Sweden. He is a person who loves challenges, both at work and on his spare time.
Samuel grew up in Kisa in Sweden, a small town south of Linköping. He was brought up in a musical family and at the age of nine, he started playing the trombone.
"It was rather natural for me to start playing an instrument. Kista also had a successful music school and even if it is a small town, we had a brass band. Before going off to the university, I was actually struggling if I were going to go all in with the music and do that full-time or study business. I have always been a person that likes to be the best at what I do and when I realized that I was good with the trombone, but not the best and probably wouldn't become that either, I decided to choose another path. But the music has of course stayed with me and one day, I would like to learn and entire new instrument.
When it was time to study, Samuel wanted to explore a new city and therefore divided his education between Linköping and Gothenburg. He remember his time in Gothenburg as the time of his life.
"I had a cheap apartment, worked extra and knew a bartender that could get me in to most clubs and fixed cheap beers. But it was also a bit of a social experiment for me. I only studied individual courses and was not a part of a class in Gothenburg so each time we had teamwork exercises, I had to reach out to people I did not know. It was hard but I learned a lot from it."
But it feels like you are a very social person, aren't you?
"From one point of view, I am. I love to meet people and like to be on stage – I was a lot when playing the trombone and also in my role as CEO of Tele2 Sweden. But in mingle situations or when I am in smaller groups, I am a bit more reserved. I find it much easier to speak to hundreds of people than to 10 that I do not know that well. Therefore I need to challenge myself and not say no to that kind of situations."
Next stop - Vasaloppet
Samuel was not just a music guy as a child, he also loved sports and played both football and competed in race walking.
"Race walking is probably an odd sport to many. A friend once told me that it is like competing in whispering loud, which is a very good comparison. But in my hometown it was a fairly popular sport that all kids tried in school. I tried it as well and after winning the District Championship I decided to continue. However, it only lasted a couple of years before football and playing the trombone took over completely.
Today, Samuel is focusing on cross country skiing and are preparing for a tough challenge; Vasaloppet which is the world's oldest, biggest and longest ski race.
"It was my sister that signed up both herself, me and my brother so all siblings will do it together. I have prepared well enough and believe that I will manage to finish, but probably not as fast as I would want to"