Women in Treasury New York Forum 2020

Women in Treasury New York Forum Panelists

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Throughout the pandemic, Treasury Today’s first concern is for our staff, our readership and our whole community’s wellbeing. It has never been more important to bring the community together, and a new era with new challenges requires a new way to create interactive experiences and to connect our community. Our Women in Treasury New York Forum 2020 took place on Wednesday 14th October as a digital event.

Featuring a vibrant and insightful virtual panel discussion with four leading industry speakers and moderated by Sophie Jackson, Publisher & Head of Strategic Content, Treasury Today Group, the Women in Treasury New York Forum 2020 saw a lively debate of some of the key topics highlighted by the respondents of our Women in Treasury Global Study 2020, in association with State Street Global Advisors. Our panellists were:

  • Deepa Palamuttam - Director of Global Tax and Treasury Technology and Controls, Intel Corporation

  • Melanie Simmons - Treasury Manager, Corporate Finance, Nitel

  • Geraldine Yip - Regional Head, Asia Pacific, Sales Practice and Content Management, Global Liquidity and Cash Management, HSBC

  • Kim Hochfeld – Senior Managing Director, Global Head of Cash, State Street Global Advisors

The panel discussion provided a fantastic opportunity for everyone in the audience to express their views and put questions to the speakers. The new digital delivery of the event allowed the use of live polling and an interactive question and answer session, so attendees could enjoy a truly immersive experience, with the panel discussing and responding to their views in real-time. This online event presented a rare chance to hear about the career journeys of our inspirational speakers and be part of our well-established, lively and informative discussions.


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Deepa Palamuttam, Intel

Deepa Palamuttam

Director of Global Tax and Treasury Technology and Controls, Intel Corporation

Deepa has worked at Intel Corp for 25 years, beginning her career as a software developer, developing custom-built applications for treasury, then moving into treasury operations and controls. With the recent merging of tax and treasury organisations, she is now focused on technology and controls for the group. Deepa has a BS in Computer Engineering from Bombay University, India, MBA in Finance and Innovation in Technology from Santa Clara University, California and is a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP).

Melanie Simmons

Melanie Simmons

Treasury Manager, Corporate Finance, Nitel

Melanie Simmons is a Treasury Practitioner, Financial Literacy Advocate and Former Co-Chair for The Treasury Management Association of Chicago. During her tenure at Delaware North Companies and Aramark Sports & Entertainment, Melanie held the position as Assistant to the Controller where she was given the opportunity to partner with and support The Chicago Bears Organization and The Chicago Park District by performing financial and budget analysis for concerts, Bears Games and Music Festivals. Currently, Melanie leads Treasury Operations at Nitel by successfully protecting Nitel’s assets, providing risk management strategies, financial analysis and managing working capital. Outside her professional life, she’s a lover of Financial Literacy and is the creator of a Financial Literacy Brand where she discusses how our economy affects us financially and provides resources and tips to protect and manage our finances.

Geraldine Yip

Geraldine Yip

Regional Head, Asia Pacific, Sales Practice and Content Management, Global Liquidity and Cash Management, HSBC

Based in Hong Kong, Geraldine’s role leads a sales enablement team supporting the growth of the GLCM business by driving efficiency through the sales process and enabling sales disciplines to empower better client-related decisions; and increasing the effectiveness of client interactions by curating and developing compelling, relevant and professional content and communication experiences for clients. Prior to joining HSBC, Geraldine was most recently with Thomson Reuters’ Financial & Risk business (now Refinitiv) in Singapore, where she was the Head of Marketing for Asia. Geraldine has also spent over 20 years working in the corporate and institutional banking sector, primarily in marketing and communications, for Citi, HSBC, Standard Chartered and J.P. Morgan, in Singapore, Hong Kong and New York. Geraldine is from Singapore and has a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B. Honours) from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom.

Kim Hochfield, State Street Global Advisors

Kim Hochfeld

Senior Managing Director, Global Head of Cash, State Street Global Advisors

Kim Hochfeld, Senior Managing Director, is the Global Head of Cash for State Street Global Advisors. Kim has responsibility for all client-facing activities including sales, strategy, operations and services on behalf of the firm’s cash management client base across the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific. Kim leads a global sales team to market and grow the firm’s global institutional cash management products and solutions. Kim currently holds the Chair position on the Board of the Institutional Money Market Fund Association in London. Kim holds an MSc from the London School of Economics & Political Science and a BA from University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Sophie Jackson, Joint Publisher & Head of Strategic Content, Treasury Today Group

Sophie Jackson

Publisher & Head of Strategic Content, Treasury Today Group

Sophie Jackson is Publisher & Head of Strategic Content at Treasury Today Group and has 13 years’ experience in publishing. She began her career in a role in cultural publishing at the Dazed Group in London before moving to Tokyo in late 2010 to work as a freelance editor and consultant. Sophie headed up the launch of Treasury Today Asia in 2012 whilst based in Japan and then Hong Kong. Treasury Today Asia is now read by 65,000 corporates across Asia Pacific and our Adam Smith Awards Asia are in their seventh year. Sophie is a driving force behind our global Women in Treasury initiative and a passionate proponent of diversity and inclusion. She is a UCL graduate who studied in Paris and London and is based in Europe.

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