What attracted you to your chosen work?
During my master’s studies, I had the opportunity to work as a financial analyst for a Thailand-based company doing consulting services and investments in the hotel industry. I learned a lot in regard to financial modelling and enjoyed working on investment opportunities, though my studies being more oriented toward investment banking, I felt like I didn’t fully grasp some corporate finance concepts.
A few years later, enriched with several years of experience in corporate finance learning from the very skillful european Avery Dennison Label and Graphic Materials (LGM) Finance team, I was looking for a role which would allow me to leverage my finance background in the context of investment opportunities while developing my business and strategic acumen and a role in M&A seemed to present all those characteristics.
What skills did you develop early that are still useful today?
As I was following finance studies and being part of one of the first generation that grew up with computers at home, allowing me to handle IT systems with relative ease in an environment where companies were digitizing their processes, I tried to develop some financial modelling skills.This helped me at the early stage of my career to support various process improvement initiatives related to financial reporting and is something I am still using today in my current role.
I also had opportunities to work in several countries and for companies of various sizes and industries which, I believe, helped me develop a certain adaptability making it easier today to collaborate across the different businesses and regions within the company.