• Kimberly Ross, Senior Vice President, Chief Treasury & Tax Officer, Ahold

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    Kimberly Ross, Ahold

    Ahold is an international group of quality supermarkets and foodservice operators based in the United States and Europe. Following a much publicised €1 billion accounting scandal in 2003, Ahold completed its Road to Recovery strategy, including a €3.1 billion divestment program of a number of its non-core and underperforming international assets. We talk to Kimberly Ross about acquisitions and divestments, centralisation, and how the control environment at Ahold has evolved from a treasury perspective.

  • Andrés Huerta Arena, Treasury Manager, Tenaris

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    Andrés Huerta Arena, Tenaris

    Tenaris is a global manufacturer of seamless steel pipes and supplier of oil services with annual net sales of over $6 billion and 17,500 employees worldwide. This month we speak to Andrés Huerta Arena, Treasury Manager of Tenaris, who is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In particular, we discuss the large-scale centralisation project which Tenaris embarked on in 2002.

  • Damian Glendinning, Vice President and Treasurer, Lenovo

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    Damian Glendinning, Lenovo

    Lenovo has been the number one manufacturer of PCs in China for seven consecutive years. With the company’s acquisition of IBM’s PC division in 2005, Lenovo has now reached a key position in the global computing industry. We talk to Lenovo’s Vice President and Treasurer, Damian Glendinning, about the process of setting up a new treasury for a major multinational manufacturer in the space of a few months.

  • Alex Harris, Group Treasurer, Virgin Atlantic

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    Alex Harris, Virgin Atlantic

    This month we speak to Alex Harris, Virgin Atlantic’s Group Treasurer, about the effects that fuel price increases had on the airline industry in 2005, and discuss the strategies employed by Virgin Atlantic to manage FX and commodity risks.

  • Markus Sablatnig & Magnus Svensson, Flextronics

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    Markus Sablatnig & Magnus Svensson, Flextronics

    Flextronics has headquarters in Singapore and facilities in over 30 countries throughout the world. As a leading electronic manufacturing services provider, Flextronics employs over 70,000 people throughout Asia, with over half of these based in China. This quarter we speak to Flextronics’ treasury team to find out how Flextronics approaches treasury in Asia and specifically in China.

  • Olivier Bouillaud, Group Treasurer, Antalis

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    Olivier Bouillaud, Antalis

    Antalis is the largest European group in the distribution of communications support (see detailed explanation below). It has a geographical presence in 37 countries around the globe and is particularly strong in Western and Eastern Europe.

  • Hans-Peter Rupprecht, Siemens Financial Services GmbH

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    Hans-Peter Rupprecht, Siemens Financial Services GmbH

    Siemens Financial Services GmbH coordinates a network of financial companies from the group’s headquarters in Munich. The group employs 1,600 people world-wide and offers a wide range of financial services to multinational companies and public sector operators. These services include sales and investment financing, treasury services, fund management and insurance brokerage.

  • Michel Verholen, Director, International Treasury, Greif

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    Michel Verholen, Greif

    Greif is a world leader in industrial packaging products and services. The company has extensive expertise in manufacturing steel, plastic, fibre and corrugated and multiwall containers for a wide range of industries. In particular, it serves chemical, petro-chemical, pharmaceutical, agricultural and food processing industries worldwide. Greif also produces containerboard and manages timber properties in the United States. The company now owns more than 140 strategic plants in over 40 countries and serves multinationals, as well as regional customers. Greif has a turnover of $2.5 billion and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

  • Chris Parker, Group Treasury Director, Inchcape plc

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    Chris Parker, Inchcape plc

    Inchcape plc is an international automotive services group – with core markets in the UK, Greece, Belgium, Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore. The Group's activities include exclusive Import, Distribution and Retail, UK Retail, Financial Services, Business Services and automotive E-commerce. The Group's turnover was over £4bn in 2004, with a reported operating profit of £163.1m. For the first half year 2005, operating profit was £104.1m – an increase of more than 20% on the same period last year. The company has a number of eminent manufacturer partners, including Toyota/Lexus, Subaru, BMW, the Premier Automotive Group of Ford, Mazda, Mercedes Benz and Volkswagen.

  • Toshio Maei, Regional Treasurer and Wei Chin, Treasurer, Unilever

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    Toshio Maei & Wei Chin, Unilever

    In this interview we talk to Unilever's Regional Treasurer, Toshio Maei, and Unilever's China Treasurer, Wei Chin about this project. But first we talk to Hans van den Bosch, Head of Treasury Operations at Unilever’s group treasury in Rotterdam, to get the global treasury perspective.