Women in Treasury



Philomel Pena, University of California
Published: March 2024

Philomel Pena, Director, UC Treasury at the University of California, explains what motivates her, and why creating a comfortable environment focused on good communication is the best way to accomplish treasury’s varied and multiple daily tasks.

Michelle Ang, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation
Published: March 2024

Michelle Ang discusses her experiences of building an international treasury career at Daimler Group and shares some astute career advice.

Karina Inga-Kamienski, Gilead Sciences
Published: July 2023

Gilead Sciences’ Karina Inga-Kamienski discusses the importance of purpose, raising your hand for opportunities and why feeling uncomfortable means you’re learning.

Sharon Wang, Alibaba Group
Published: July 2023

Sharon Wang, Director of Treasury at Alibaba, talks about her career path, inspiring younger generations and the importance of education.

Deepika Beniwal, Microsoft
Published: March 2023

Deepika Beniwal, Group Manager, Payment Solutions Desk at Microsoft, talks about career progression, professional development, and the importance of speaking up.

Brooke Tilton, Paramount Global
Published: March 2023

Paramount’s Brooke Tilton talks treasury operations and the importance of playing to our strengths.

Cecilia Li, BeiGene
Published: July 2022

Hear from Cecilia Li, Head of Global Treasury at BeiGene, about career progression, collaboration and why it’s important to be able to demonstrate the value of projects and ideas.

Lavender Murray, TC Energy
Published: July 2022

TC Energy’s Lavender Murray discusses career progression, the impact of the pandemic on mental health, and the value of pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone.

Lisa Davis, J.P. Morgan
Published: June 2022

Lisa Davis, Managing Director, Head of Digital Channels at J.P. Morgan describes how being agile about how her skills put her on a career path in transaction banking. She also gives her view on how organisations can create a speak-up culture and improve diversity and inclusion.

Sugandha Singhal, SRF Limited
Published: March 2022

Sugandha Singhal, Vice President – Head Treasury at SRF Limited, shares her advice on building a career in finance, and discusses the importance of being open and flexible.

Meredith Vance, NTT DATA Services
Published: March 2022

Meredith Vance, Senior Vice President, Treasurer at NTT DATA Services, built a global treasury organisation almost from the ground up.

Priyanka Rath, J.P. Morgan
Published: February 2022

Priyanka Rath, Global Head of Liquidity Product Solutions Specialists, J.P. Morgan Payments, highlights the importance of speaking up, building skills and knowledge, and driving an inclusive approach to recruitment.

Rebekah Wong, J.P. Morgan
Published: February 2022

Rebekah Wong, Head of Singapore Payments and APAC Transformation & Execution at J.P. Morgan, discusses the challenges of the last two years, and the importance of having a positive mindset in an uncertain world.

Cara Savas, HSBC
Published: February 2022

Cara Savas, HSBC’s Head of European Corporate Sales, espouses the importance of broad skills and experience rather than just subject matter expertise. Elsewhere, she voices her concern that recruitment practices are stymying social diversity.

Dorothy Musho, HSBC
Published: January 2022

Dorothy Musho has had a varied career in banking since she was first hired on the graduate programme at Chase Manhattan Bank. She discusses what she has learned along the way, how to create a speak-up culture in an organisation, and why it is important to enjoy what you do.

April Borawski, State Street Global Advisors
Published: September 2021

April Borawski discusses how she successfully navigated her professional environment to gain trust, confidence and build a professional network of allies to give her sound advice.

Jacky Westbrook, State Street Global Advisors
Published: September 2021

Jacky Westbrook has had a unique career working from the ground up through the banking system and now her goal is to pass on her insights to those starting out in the industry.

Louise Watts, Transition Hub
Published: July 2021

n this inspirational article Louise Watts shares her secrets of success and advises aspiring leaders to focus outwards on their path to growth.

Karen Jeffries, Brighthouse Financial
Published: July 2021

Karen Jeffries, Director, Treasury Operations at Brighthouse Financial, discusses her career in treasury, building cross-functional relationships and adapting to hybrid working arrangements.

Lily Xiong, BlackRock
Published: July 2021

Lily Xiong, Head of BlackRock’s Corporate Solutions, APAC, counsels women on the importance of being bold and ambitious in their careers. By embracing the prospect of failure and stepping out of their comfort zones women get to reach higher, she says.

Alexandra Neely, Nestlé
Published: March 2021

Nestlé’s Alexandra Neely explains how treasury opportunities at the confectionary group can span global roles to becoming a financial leader within one of the divisions.

Kim Hochfeld, State Street Global Advisors
Published: December 2020

Kim Hochfeld, Global Head of Cash at State Street Global Advisors, shares her thoughts on what individuals can do to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace – and why it is important to build a strong network.

Geraldine Yip, HSBC
Published: December 2020

Geraldine Yip has had a career which has seen her work across the world, offering a global perspective on the evolving dialogue around inclusion and diversity. She shares her insights and powerful vision of future progress.

Christine Stokes, State Street Global Advisors
Published: December 2020

Christine Stokes, Chief Operating Officer for State Street Global Advisors’ Global Cash Business, believes that working hard, building relationships and asking lots of questions are the keys to success.

Diane S. Reyes, HSBC
Published: September 2020

Diane S. Reyes, Global Head of Liquidity and Cash Management at HSBC is a keen advocate for targets in the diversity and inclusion space and says you won’t know if you’re making progress if you don’t have a tangible metric to focus on.

Sandra Ramos-Alves, Bristol Myers Squibb
Published: July 2020

Getting out of your comfort zone is key to make well-rounded treasury professionals, says Sandra Ramos-Alves, Vice President and Assistant Treasurer, Treasury Operations at Bristol Myers Squibb.

Barbara Harrison, Citi
Published: July 2020

With a long and distinguished career, Barbara Harrison has a wealth of experience both in banking and as a female in the finance industry. She spoke to us about diversity in the workplace, how to get noticed, and the importance of dancing.

Tiana Sheridan, BlackRock
Published: June 2020

Tiana Sheridan, Vice President, Sales Manager, Cash Management at BlackRock says her key to success is silencing the Crow and finding her voice – and encourages others to do the same.

Angela Cooper, Flying Food Group
Published: March 2020

Authenticity and hard work are what Angela Cooper, Treasurer at Flying Food Group thinks are key to a successful career.

Aigerim Bekzhanova, Vanderlande
Published: March 2020

Aigerim Bekzhanova, Business Controller at Vanderlande spoke to Treasury Today Asia to share her advice on how to overcome major hurdles and improve your career prospects.

Yang Xu, Kraft Heinz
Published: July 2019

Yang Xu, VP & Global Treasurer at Kraft Heinz explains to Treasury Today why it’s so important to opt for the harder career choices and have a set of values to define one’s personal and professional life.

Joanna Bonnett, PageGroup
Published: May 2019

Joanna Bonnett, Group Treasurer, PageGroup advises those beginning to build a career in treasury to always be true to themselves at work and never hesitate to seek help when struggling.

Yeng Butler, State Street Global Advisors
Published: September 2018

Yeng Butler, Senior Managing Director, Global Head of Cash Business at State Street Global Advisors, believes in the power of self-reflection. She spends time considering not just her successes, but also her failures. The objective of this is to drive continuous self-development to ensure she can meet her next career aim. Yeng summarises this with a simple, yet powerful motto: “Pause, reflect and onwards and upwards.”

Mary Gilbert, The Duracell Company
Published: September 2017

With her insatiable quest for knowledge and steely determination, Mary Gilbert, Treasury Manager for The Duracell Company, is an inspiration to all. In part one of this exclusive interview, she tells Treasury Today about her long journey from one side of town to the other.

Princy Royce, National Oilwell Varco (NOV)
Published: July 2017

It has not always been plain sailing for Princy Royce, Treasury Manager – Middle East, Africa and India at National Oilwell Varco, during her career. Difficult bosses and the need to balance a family and a career are just two notable challenges that she has had to overcome. Now Princy is very much focused on the future and supporting those climbing the career ladder.

Kate Moorcroft, Barratt Developments
Published: May 2017

In a relatively short time, Kate Moorcroft, Group Treasurer at Barratt Developments has risen to the top of the treasury profession. In this candid interview, she talks about her career path and how learning to have confidence in her own abilities has enabled her to push forward her career.

Debra Todd, BP
Published: March 2016

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.”

Carole Berndt, ANZ
Published: November 2015

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. With over 20 years of experience encompassing roles in finance, risk management, business development and technology, Carole is regarded as a practical and innovative leader in global transaction banking. Carole’s career spans four locations (Australia, Hong Kong, New York and London) and centres on institutional transaction banking and client delivery.

Paula Stibbe, J.P. Morgan Asset Management
Published: September 2015

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.

Ciar Timon, Honeywell
Published: July 2015

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.

Marlies Janssen, Van Oord
Published: March 2015

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.

Erin Strang, Aurizon
Published: March 2015

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.

Dawn Chua, SGX
Published: January 2015

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.

Anita Prasad, Microsoft
Published: November 2014

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.

Helen Toh, Deutsche Post DHL
Published: November 2014

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.

Kristen Covey, Caterpillar Asia
Published: September 2014

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.

Jessica McDarren, L’Oréal
Published: September 2014

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.

Karen Van den Driessche, Avnet
Published: July 2014

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.

Shelly Maneth, ConneXionsAsia
Published: July 2014

“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.

Jennifer Ramsey-Armorer, BlackBerry
Published: June 2014

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.

Annemarie Moore, Plan International
Published: May 2014

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.

Latifah Mohamed Yusof, Astro Group
Published: May 2014

‘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.

Jennifer Boussuge, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Published: April 2014

‘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.

Michelle Dovey, National Express
Published: March 2014

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.

Lisa Tierney, Luxottica
Published: January 2014

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.

Jennifer Gillespie, Legal & General Investment Management
Published: November 2013

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”.

Ping Chen, Pfizer
Published: November 2013

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.

Maeve C. Robinson, Omnicom Group
Published: October 2013

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.

Marianna Polykrati, Chipita
Published: July 2013

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.

Lelaina Lim, Royal Sporting House
Published: July 2013

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.

Yera Hagopian, Barclays
Published: June 2013

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.

Ellen Cornelissen, Aleris
Published: May 2013

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.

Cindy Lee, BASF
Published: May 2013

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.

Professor Alyson Warhurst, Maplecroft
Published: March 2013

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.

Meena Dafesh, Ingram Micro
Published: March 2013

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.

Sophia Porcelli, AkzoNobel
Published: January 2013

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

Marie-Astrid Dubois, Honeywell
Published: January 2013

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

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