Her most recent achievements include:
Championed the company’s SWIFTNet implementation: piloted in EMEA, leveraging one single XML format (CGI V3) negotiated with Honeywell’s 15 key partner banks.
Overseeing the Single Euro Payment Area (SEPA) migration for all of Honeywell’s businesses located in the SEPA zone.
Co-ordinated with tax and legal and government relation on regulatory issues associated with thin-capitalisation issues, Financial Transaction Tax (FTT), European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) and engaged in lobbying efforts with trade associations and Amcham.
Co-ordinated a large number of tax restructurings, and executed numerous dividend pay-outs and cash repatriation strategies.
Executed multiple M&A due diligences and led post-merger treasury integrations generating expected savings targets.
Initiated and drove technology implementation (online bidding platforms, treasury management system (TMS), SWIFT payment channel to gain efficiency, productivity, and strengthen risk management.
Under her leadership, she and her team won a number of awards in both regions, including: Alexander Hamilton Gold award winner in the Cash Management category for the Honeywell Strategic cash management and investment programme in 2007 for Asia and for EMEA in 2008, as well as a silver medal in the best practices category for Honeywell cash pooling structure in China in 2009; Adam Smith Awards winner for the Top Treasury Team in 2009 (team award); and TMI Special Recognition Award for Innovation and Excellence in Treasury Technology in 2011 for the work done on automation and leveraging of technology; plus a few others.
It is obvious Marie-Astrid has had a positive influence on many of the individuals she comes into contact with, from bank executives to her peers and subordinates, as the following testimonials illustrate only too well:
“We have done quite a few projects together. Marie-Astrid’s energy is infectious and she can detect how and where the team can do better. She is forward-looking, questioning the status quo and searching for the best solution for her firm. If I had to summarise Marie-Astrid I would say a mix of passion and agility.” Etienne Bernard, Head of Transaction Services Origination, EMEA, RBS.
“I have known Marie-Astrid for years. I first met her in New York, when I gave her the Alexander Hamilton gold award for strategic liquidity management in EMEA. Marie-Astrid has been very successful and a true precursor, frontiering all developments in treasury services. She is a true role model for any woman in the industry.” Diane Quinn, Managing Director, J.P. Morgan.
“My experience with Marie-Astrid was when we worked together on an M&A transaction (public tender offer), a sensitive transaction until the deal had been announced. Throughout the entire process, she drove her own team, as well as the bankers, in a very clear and comprehensive manner by understanding, explaining and anticipating each step. With her constructive and determined attitude, the transaction was delivered in a very good manner. Marie-Astrid is passionate about treasury and the responsibilities that come with her role, and she is a reliable person. With her high level of excellence, she is an example for and role model to the team. Marie-Astrid demonstrated great leadership skills: she recognises the work accomplished by the team and knows how to thank people. It has been a great honour to work with Marie-Astrid.” Isabelle Chastagner, Relationship Manager, Deutsche Bank.
“I worked for Marie-Astrid for over eight years as a Treasury Director in Brussels, Shanghai, and Singapore. She was my greatest advocate and continuously provided me with the encouragement, experience and responsibility necessary to succeed and to develop. Marie-Astrid’s mentorship has been invaluable to my current success.” Pui Yee Lee, Vice President and Treasurer, Kulicke & Soffa Industries.
“Marie Astrid was assigned as my mentor in 2011/2012. I benefitted greatly from our regular meetings. These discussions helped me address my development needs, added clarity to my role and kept me on track regarding future ambitions. She also helped me remain positive when faced with difficult challenges. As an added bonus, Marie-Astrid was always patient and our calls were something that I looked forward to and enjoyed.” Catherine Matley, EMEA Credit Manager, Honeywell.
“I’ve been reporting to Marie-Astrid for the past seven years, and this has been for me an invaluable opportunity to learn from her leadership. I appreciate her outstanding level of energy, enthusiasm and real passion for her work. She takes pride in developing everyone in her staff and help them reach their potential. Personally, she assigned challenging projects to me and helped me improve my management style. She demonstrated trust in my judgement, encouraged me to publicise my results internally as well as externally, while allowing me to strike a necessary balance with my family life.” Séverine Le Blévennec, Director EMEA Treasury Honeywell.
Marie-Astrid is a most deserving runner-up in the Woman of the Year category in 2013.