The foundation of the network was laid in 1995 in Frankfurt, when Thomas Fuchs established an institute for placing students in exclusive internships abroad. The novelty of the format and his unconventional selection procedure generated a lot of attention from the media, which led to numerous applications. The focus was eventually shifted to the development of highly talented university graduates through an advanced training programme.
By the late 1990s, as the ‘war for talent’ intensified, especially during the emergence of the ‘New Economy’, the institute organized exclusive recruitment events in cooperation with the most attractive companies from around the globe.
Unfortunately, the bursting of the ‘dot-com bubble’, the end of the New Economy boom and the ensuing economic crisis led to the institute losing its financing options, resulting in closure by April 2002.
During the crisis years of 2002 & 2003, however, Thomas Fuchs continued to be asked by the students and young professionals he had mentored to organize regular reunions. Thus, a new concept was born using his wealth of experience in talent management; Thomas started to start a quarterly Saturday brunch, called the ‘Quarterly Crossing’. This name would later become synonymous with the network that developed and which would eventually become its namesake.
Thus, networking ‘QX style’ was conducted long before it was considered indispensable to a successful professional career and before the emergence of ubiquitous social networks such as Facebook, Linkedin or XING. It was always conducted along the premise of “learning from each other and growing together”.
Eventually, the original quarterly format of QX events evolved to become more frequent. Beginning with students and young graduates, then expanding to encompass all seniority levels- first in Munich, then spreading to various cities. As these students progressed in their careers to become executives or entrepreneurs, QX also evolved to meet their changing needs. The QX-concept and event formats have continued to evolve based on the inputs and communications between our members.
Important milestones in QX history include the opening of the “CENTERPLATE-Lounge” in Frankfurt and the introduction of the “QX-Seniority-Levels” in 2007, the inaugural “Leadership Conference” and the beginning of international QX events in 2008, the new selection procedure for admission into the network - the “QX-Development Center”, and the “Executive” and “C-Level” admission format - “QX-Entrée” in 2009 as well as “QX is coming home” in 2010.
In a world of building contacts through virtual networks and social media, QX occupies an important niche. We believe that all sustainable networking requires regular, face-to-face gatherings. Therefore QX’s events primarily takes place “offline”. It has matured over the years to become what is probably the most vibrant and exclusive network for leadership personalities and individuals with potential. Today, QX-Quarterly Crossing organizes over 30 ‘network platforms’ a year, with gatherings, seminars and conferences held in different countries across all continents. Thanks to the loyalty of our members and friends, we can look back on our long, shared history. A more solid foundation of friendship and common values bring our members together time and again to engage with each other on a personal level – in different and often exotic venues.
In 2012, we founded QX-Consulting. Building on the niche knowledge and unique experience we acquired over the years, QX-Consulting is a specialised consultancy that presents our partner companies with significant insights and strategic recommendations regarding the increasingly important topic of “talent management”.
Looking ahead, we have been growing our international links with academic and economic hubs. Beginning with the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the National University of Singapore and INSEAD in 2011, we have expanded our collaboration to include other equally reknowned business schools such as the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the Seoul National University. In 2013, our goal is to strengthen these existing partnerships and to expand our portfolio of top schools in Shanghai and Tokyo. We intend to open our first branch in Asia next year, in order to better support our Asian QX-Members.
We have been growing our international links with academic and economic hubs. Beginning with the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the National University of Singapore and INSEAD in 2011, we have expanded our collaboration to include other equally reknowned business schools such as the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the Seoul National University. In 2013 we have further extended our portfolio of business school cooperations, counting 23 to the current state (including Harvard Business School, London Business School, Kellogg School of Management...).
As a result of these activities a first-of-its kind event with global scale has been developed – the MBA World Summit (27th-28th of March, 2014), which is an international forum for high-impact exchanges between a select and exclusive group of up to 100 top-tier MBA students from business schools worldwide as well as some of the most dynamic and innovative international companies with exceptional career opportunities. The summit opens up a myriad of possibilities for lasting relationships to be forged, through a variety of creative program formats.