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"I get to combine the three worlds of consulting, line management and entrepreneurship"

Who are you Mia?

I’m the journalist student who changed path and took a masters in law and international trade, moved to Hong Kong with the love of my life and started a career as a management consultant at McKinsey&Co. I have also been an entrepreneur with my own two companies, followed by 4 interesting years as a side-kick to the CEO at one of Sweden’s largest employers. Then finally, I joined OPX Partners where I get my ’perfect job’ - combining the three worlds of consulting, line management and entrepreneurship. And not to forget - I am a proud mother of two lovely kids!

That sounds like a great mix, what do you mean by combining consulting, line management and entrepreneurship?

Intellectually, the role of a consultant is unique in terms of the problem solving and analytical approach. As we work closely with line management - and generally support the implementation of new ways of working at the client – it offers the reward of being part of the improvement. This is very different from my previous consulting experience. And as for entrepreneurship – although I am not a founder, we are in a phase where we are growing and defining the future path of OPX Partners which is very exciting!

Tell us more about that large organisation where you spent 4 years!

It is Karolinska University Hospital, employing 16 000 people, with a yearly turnover of about 18 billion SEK. A new CEO was recruited and I had the opportunity to join as his advisor. We took on a true transformation; the care assignment, physical buildings, and organizational structure was completely renewed while new ways of working, steering and governing the organization were introduced. I worked closely with KI (the medical university), SLL (owner and payor of healthcare in Stockholm) as well as national and international hospitals, and I was responsible for projects and programs along the way. It was complex and immensely interesting and has brought a deep understanding of the public sector - and what it is like to work under high pressure from media. Transformation is an area I have continued to focus on as a consultant at OPX Partners, balancing both the technical- and the people related aspects of a large change.

Was your work at McKinsey&Co and your own companies also related to healthcare?

At McKinsey&Co, I worked in food, pharma, bank, construction equipment, railway - well most industries, just like everyone else. But I did come to do more in the public sector in general and healthcare in particular. My own companies sprung from the unmet need for services; the first is an outdoor pre-school in Hong Kong, inspired by Swedish Ur&Skur, and the second is an online service lending the opportunity for a party host to wish for a common gift from all guests while also sharing it with a charity. All in all, I have spent most of my time working in service intensive industries.

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Mia Ejendal

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