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Women in Treasury Forum London 2014

Photo of Maia Rushby, Anita Prasad, Sonia De Paolis, Jennifer Boussuge and Claudia Colic at the WiT Forum 2014

Women in Treasury London Forum 2014

The 2014 London Women in Treasury Forum was held on 18th September 2014 and took place at the stunning Plaisterers’ Hall in the City of London. The event was again a phenomenal success and was attended by 190 women who travelled from many countries to participate. The Women in Treasury Forum provided an opportunity to hear four senior industry panellists debate key issues highlighted by our Women in Treasury Study and brought women from across the industry together to share their experiences, challenges, successes and failures as an inspiration to all operating in this industry.

The event started at noon with a pre-lunch networking drinks reception during which Angela Berry, Publisher of Treasury Today presented a summary of the findings of the 2014 Women in Treasury Study, supported by RBS. This was followed by lunch, during which the panel discussion took place, focusing on four key issues, nuturing talent, driving equality, work/life balance and how to get ahead.

Our panellists:

  • Anita Prasad, General Manager, Treasury Capital Management, Microsoft

  • Sonia De Paolis, Treasury Director, TomTom

  • Jennifer Boussuge, Head of Global Transaction Services, EMEA, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

  • Claudia Colic, Head of Transaction Banking, UBS AG, Switzerland

Maia Rushby, diversity in leadership, facilitated the discussions. An open question and answer session followed the discussion, with many interesting and challenging views and questions raised. The forum offers a rare opportunity for women in treasury to meet each other, share experiences and discuss some of the issues highlighted in the Study.

London 2014 Panellists

Portrait of Anita Prasad

Anita Prasad

General Manager, Treasury Capital Management
Adam Smith Awards 2014 – Woman of the Year Winner

Anita Prasad is responsible for corporate finance, capital structure, share buybacks & dividend policy, structured investments, global cash and liquidity, treasury operations, and credit services for MS online businesses. Prior to joining Microsoft, Anita served as Vice President of Treasury and Tax at LSI Logic Corporation. Before corporate life, Anita was an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She holds a Bachelors and Masters in Economics, an MBA in MIS, and a PhD in Finance and International Business.

Portrait of Sonia De Paolis

Sonia De Paolis

Treasury Director

Sonia De Paolis started her career in the 1990s at Orbit Communications as Financial Planning and Treasury analyst. In 2001 she moved to the Netherlands and joined the European headquarters of Cisco Systems, working for five years in Credit and Treasury. A move to Nike saw her gain a further five years’ experience in Treasury. Since 2010 she has headed up the Group Treasury department of TomTom. Born in Rome, Italy, Sonia has a PhD in foreign languages (English) from her home city’s La Sapienza University. She has since earned an MBA in International Finance from St. John’s in New York, completed Level 1 and 2 of the CFA program and is also a qualified Lean Capabilities Coach.

Portrait of Jennifer Boussuge

Jennifer Boussuge

Head of Global Transaction Services. EMEA

Jennifer Boussuge is responsible for developing and executing integrated strategy for the regional treasury and custody business for EMEA. She graduated from Mary Washington College with a BA in Political Science and French. She conducted her graduate studies at the Sorbonne in Paris and business administration studies at George Washington University. She sits on the Europe and Emerging Markets regional executive committee and the leadership committee for Bank of America Merrill’s Global Banking and Markets Women’s Leadership Council in EMEA.

Portrait of Claudia Colic

Claudia Colic

Head of Transaction Banking, UBS AG, Switzerland

Claudia Colic is a senior manager in the Transaction Banking business and brings more than 23 years of experience in management positions for major global banks in Switzerland and across Europe. Claudia Colic was appointed Head of Transaction Banking in March 2012. From 2007 to 2010, she led the new client acquisition of RBS’s Global Merchant Services Business. Prior to this, she was a Managing Director at ABN AMRO Global Transaction Services. She began her banking career in 1987 at Citibank, where over 20 years she held various management positions.

Facilitator

Portrait of Maia Rushby

Maia Rushby

Facilitator

Maia is a co-founder of diversity-in-leadership, an organisation that aims to accelerate the promotion of women to drive sustainable business results. Maia is an executive coach and facilitator who supports organisations and individuals to achieve business success by bringing vision, enthusiasm and business needs together. She is passionate about making the Board Room a more attractive place for women to fuel their ambition for leadership.

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