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Portrait of Debra Todd, BP

Debra Todd, BP

Debra Todd, VP, Global Treasury Services at BP ended up in a treasury role quite by chance. She is now on her 13th job at BP in a career which spans 30 years. Her motto in life is to be brave. She was a panellist at our Women in Treasury Forum in London where she said: “You can do things you just couldn’t dream.”

Portrait of Carole Berndt, ANZ

Carole Berndt, ANZ

Carole Berndt joined ANZ in May 2015 as Managing Director Global Transaction Banking, based in Hong Kong. She has responsibility for the bank’s Global Transaction Banking products, channels and sales for all customer segments.

Portrait of Paula Stibbe, J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Paula Stibbe, J.P. Morgan Asset Management

With a natural inclination for numbers, Paula Stibbe, Managing Director, Head of Global Liquidity Sales, Asia Pacific at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, specialised in short-term fixed income markets early on – but her experience boasts skills from a much broader spectrum. In this article, Paula shares what she has learnt during an impressive career, as well as the best advice she has been given along the way.

Portrait of Ciar Timon, Honeywell

Ciar Timon, Honeywell

Although Ciar Timon, Senior Regional Treasury Manager at Honeywell EMEA Treasury, credits an early move into finance to being in ‘the right place at the right time’, in this interview, we discover that her success is largely down to an honest and hardworking attitude in an increasingly challenging workplace.

Portrait of Marlies Janssen, Van Oord

Marlies Janssen, Van Oord

For Marlies Janssen, Head of Treasury at Van Oord, there is a solution to every problem, including managing a career, alongside family life. In this interview, Marlies candidly discusses the challenges between creating a healthy work/life balance and shares her views on the corporate treasury profession and her career to date.

Portrait of Erin Strang, Aurizon

Erin Strang, Aurizon

From early in her career Erin Strang, Group Treasurer & VP Tax & Governance at Australian rail freight operator Aurizon has been aware of the power of networking. In this profile, we hear Erin’s candid views on how networking has helped shape her career and how she believes a more diverse corporate landscape can be created.

Portrait of Dawn Chua, SGX

Dawn Chua, SGX

After taking the plunge into the world of treasury, Dawn Chua quickly began to see how dynamic and challenging the profession could be. In this interview, Dawn shares her thoughts on the profession, the importance of teamwork, a healthy work/life balance and the need to have passion for your role.

Portrait of Anita Prasad, Microsoft

Anita Prasad, Microsoft

After starting her career in academia, Anita Prasad, General Manager, Treasury Capital Management at Microsoft has gone on to become a leader in treasury at one of the largest and most innovative technology companies in the world. In this interview, Anita talks about the uniqueness of the treasury function, the treasurer’s role as a risk manager, and the importance of having a good work/life balance.

Portrait of Helen Toh, Deutsche Post DHL

Helen Toh, Deutsche Post DHL

As a finance professional in the logistics sector, Helen Toh progressed on a circuitous route before arriving in treasury and assuming the role of Treasury Director, Corporate Finance for Deutsche Post DHL’s Regional Treasury Asia Pacific office in Singapore. In this interview, she talks about treasury’s position as a ‘niche area’, and the challenges around global visibility and access to cash in a far-reaching business.

Portrait of Kristen Covey, Caterpillar Asia

Kristen Covey, Caterpillar Asia

Since Kristen Covey joined Caterpillar in 1996 she has held various positions in treasury, finance and marketing, including stints spent working in Chile and Singapore. Throughout her career she has looked for new experiences and maximised the opportunities she has been presented, and she believes that the advent of technology is facilitating a more flexible and balanced working life.

Portrait of Jessica McDarren, L’Oréal

Jessica McDarren, L’Oréal

For someone who was attracted to treasury by the complexity of the function, L’Oréal UK’s Jessica McDarren is not one to shy away from the relentless pace and intricacies of the work. In this interview, Jessica talks about the role of self-belief in treasury and importance of a constructive working environment.

Portrait of Karen Van den Driessche, Avnet

Karen Van den Driessche, Avnet

For someone who ‘ended up in treasury by accident,’ Karen Van den Driessche, Treasury Director EMEA at Avnet has done rather well for herself since entering the profession. In this interview, Karen talks about her biggest challenges as a treasurer and the importance of voicing your opinion in treasury.

Portrait of Shelly Maneth, ConneXionsAsia

Shelly Maneth, ConneXionsAsia

“If you’re going to do something, do it right,” says Shelly Maneth, CFO at technology startup ConneXionsAsia. Here she explains how her ‘never regret’ attitude not only brought her from the US to Singapore, but also drives the way she manages the development of CXA’s finance function.

Portrait of Jennifer Ramsey-Armorer, BlackBerry

Jennifer Ramsey-Armorer, BlackBerry

As treasurer of the company that makes her number one efficiency tool (yes, you guessed it), BlackBerry’s Jennifer Ramsey-Armorer has an infectious enthusiasm for excellence. In this interview, Jennifer talks about everything from jazz to yoga, while sharing her experiences from the male-dominated world of treasury.

Portrait of Annemarie Moore, Plan International

Annemarie Moore, Plan International

Annemarie Moore, Group Treasurer at global child rights organisation Plan International, explains the importance of having a supportive employer and outlines the biggest challenges facing treasurers at the moment.

Portrait of Latifah Mohamed Yusof, Astro Group

Latifah Mohamed Yusof, Astro Group

‘To get to the top of the corporate ladder, requires hard work. But in working hard, do not neglect your health,’ is the advice of Latifah Mohamed Yusof, Treasurer at Astro Group. In this interview, she explains the importance of a strong work ethic in treasury and the challenges still facing women in the profession.

Portrait of Jennifer Boussuge, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Jennifer Boussuge, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

‘Be competent but be caring’, is the mantra of Jennifer Boussuge, Head of Global Transaction Services for EMEA, Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In this interview, she explains what women bring to treasury and how regulation is driving collaboration.

Portrait of Michelle Dovey, National Express

Michelle Dovey, National Express

The best tool a treasurer can have is a great team, says Michelle Dovey, Group Treasurer, National Express. In this interview, she shares her views on the benefits of gender equality in corporate treasury functions and outlines the importance of a collaborative workplace environment.

Portrait of Lisa Tierney, Luxottica

Lisa Tierney, Luxottica

Lisa Tierney has worked in corporate treasury at Diageo and now with Luxottica, but she also has a banking background, having worked at Merrill Lynch on the treasury funding side. She is currently learning Italian and believes language skills are extremely important in business – now more than ever before.

Portrait of Jennifer Gillespie, Legal & General

Jennifer Gillespie, Legal & General

True to her philosophy on life, Jennifer Gillespie has worked hard to get where she is, but always found ways to have fun along the way. As a working mum, she firmly believes in “not sweating the small stuff”.

Portrait of Ping Chen, Pfizer

Ping Chen, Pfizer

Ping Chen traded in her aerospace engineer training for a career in corporate treasury. Seeing how international treasury adds a tangible value to business operations validates the change she made in her career.

Portrait of Maeve C. Robinson, Omnicom Group

Maeve C. Robinson, Omnicom Group

Winner of the first-ever Treasury Today Woman of the Year Award at this year’s Adam Smith Awards, Maeve Robinson says that her favourite part of the job is discovering ways to make treasury more efficient, looking for “the next big idea” to streamline processes.

Portrait of Marianna Polykrati, Chipita

Marianna Polykrati, Chipita

Rising to the challenges thrown at her during the financial crisis in Greece, Marianna Polykrati, Group Treasurer, recently moved from Greek food conglomerate Vivartia to Chipita Group, which is a food company of Greek origin but with a strong international footprint.

Portrait of Lelaina Lim, Royal Sporting House

Lelaina Lim, Royal Sporting House

According to Lelaina Lim, to work in treasury you need to be both “brave and firm”. Brave because today’s world throws up changes incredibly quickly; and firm because you need to do what you have to do for the company’s best interests, “which is not always easy”. Lim exemplifies both attributes.

Portrait of Yera Hagopian, Barclays

Yera Hagopian, Barclays

Returning to Barclays after 14 years, Global Head of Liquidity Product Yera Hagopian’s next major objective is to “to settle in so well that people forget that I had left”. She believes that her biggest challenge today is to bring the benefit of her experience to the business, while maintaining all the good things that already exist.

Portrait of Ellen Cornelissen, Aleris

Ellen Cornelissen, Aleris

Ellen Cornelissen, Director Treasury Europe, Aleris, moved from linguistics to treasury early in her career and never looked back. Today she oversees European operations, but also supports the new treasury set-up in Zhenjiang, China. The migration to Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) is the biggest challenge facing her this year.

Portrait of Cindy Lee, BASF

Cindy Lee, BASF

Cindy Lee’s career-defining moment was when she built the company’s cash management platform in Singapore – running across 15 countries – and took on the cash management duties of nearly 35 companies. The treasury platform now supports 52 companies across 18 countries.

Portrait of Diane S. Reyes, HSBC

Diane S. Reyes, HSBC

HSBC’s Diane Reyes, who has held many roles within the transaction banking industry over the past 20 years, believes that the secret to her success has been due to execution, commitment and reputation. Once you have proved yourself on the first two, the third follows.

Portrait of Professor Alyson Warhurst, Maplecroft

Professor Alyson Warhurst, Maplecroft

Professor Alyson Warhurst stresses the importance of academic training and promotes PhDs, especially for women. She believes that personal success is derived from talent and expertise, luck and a good mentor.

Portrait of Meena Dafesh, Ingram Micro

Meena Dafesh, Ingram Micro

Meena Dafesh is busy integrating the treasury operations of Ingram Micro’s recent two acquisitions in the Middle East and Africa. She identifies moving from managing treasury at a country level to managing a region as a career-defining moment.

Portrait of Sophia Porcelli, AkzoNobel

Sophia Porcelli, AkzoNobel

Sophia Porcelli has been involved with the transformation of AkzoNobel’s Asian treasury operations as an integral part of the group’s mandate.

Portrait of Marie-Astrid Dubois, Honeywell

Marie-Astrid Dubois, Honeywell

Marie-Astrid Dubois, Assistant Treasurer EMEA and Asia, Honeywell, shares her professional path, career-defining moments and passion for treasury.