Work for Credit Suisse and win Gold at the Olympics? Why not!
We all know the importance of organization, dedication and hard work. But one man takes this to the next level – Olympic gold level, in fact. Discover an inspiring story of making a dream a reality.
Meet Steven Bayer, our Credit Suisse Olympian who won gold at the recent games in Tokyo. Steven, who is Head of User Experience within Global Marketing, is also the goalkeeping and assistant coach of the Belgium field hockey team. On August 5, the Belgium team won their first Olympic men's field hockey title, beating their opponents, Australia, 3-2 in a thrilling penalty shootout after the final finished in a 1-1 draw.
Steven started his field hockey career at the age of nine and represented England at under 21 level before moving into coaching. He had the opportunity to work with Great Britain at the London Olympics in 2012, whilst working as a User Research consultant. Belgium then made Steven an offer that he could not refuse – to work with them in the lead up to the Rio Olympics and Hockey World Cup. In 2016, Belgium won Olympic silver before winning the 2018 Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar, India. After this coaching success, attention then turned to the Tokyo Olympics.
Steven's drive shows leadership and ambition: He has followed his passion while maintaining an interesting and demanding career. It's a finely tuned balancing act; as his coaching includes a weekly one-day round trip to Belgium from his home in Zurich.
"I sometimes work longer days and weekends, I try and do as much as I can so that I can deliver on both sides," he said. Juggling these two impressive life strands means Steven has to plan ahead. He keeps track of upcoming tournaments so he can manage peaks in his workload and keep things balanced. Many of the talents he's honed in his working life – like forward planning and strategic thinking – help him analyze sporting performance and stay ahead of the curve in his coaching; and his work developing a strong team culture in elite hockey is a great transferable skill for managing his UX team at Credit Suisse.
Reflecting on his achievements, Steven said:
"It's been such a long journey; to finally achieve your dream is an incredibly special moment, and it is a memory that will stay with me forever. Without the support of Credit Suisse, providing me with the flexibility to pursue my passion for field hockey, I would not have been able to achieve this, or follow my dreams, and for that I’m truly grateful."
What's next for Steven? He now gets a well-deserved rest from coaching until the end of the year. In December, training resumes with sights set on defending the World Cup title, and the Paris Olympics 2024.
Our heartfelt congratulations to Steven and his team! We are very proud of his achievements and we look forward to celebrating his current and future successes together.