Sally has over 18 years’ experience within multinational retail businesses, currently Head of Group FP&A and Treasury at Whitbread, a FTSE 50 best known for its Costa and Premier Inn brands. Her role gives a unique view across the organisations’ business planning along with the funding of the group world wide. In recent years, she has raised £1.6bn of debt through USPP’s, Public Bond and RCFs, whilst implementing Whitbread’s Treasury Operating Model including a new TMS. Across her 14 years at Whitbread she has been promoted from key operational business partnering finance roles focussing on challenge and delivery of targets, to more strategic roles streamlining planning processes, driving capital allocation decisions and adding value through clear insights. Whilst qualifying as a Management Accountant, she worked in the pricing and treasury functions at Volkswagen Financial Service (UK) before moving to Scottish & Newcastle Retail as a Finance Manager for three years.
Catherine joined CBRE in December 2015 as EMEA Treasury Director. CBRE Group, Inc. is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm. Current projects include roll-out of a payment factory solution and regional cash management automation.
Catherine has worked in property, not for profit, leasing, technology and shipping including working for 7 years outside the UK, mostly in Germany. Catherine has experience as a Trustee-Director and Investment Committee member of a defined benefit pension scheme, is a member of the Finance Committee of the Academy of Medical Sciences and engaged with activities at the Association of Corporate Treasurers.
Catherine is a Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers (FCT) and a Chartered Accountant.
When not busy with corporate treasury, Catherine is often out running or singing in a choir!
Winny graduated from the University of Cambridge with an MPhil Distinction in Management Studies. She started her finance career with professional accountancy firms, including Arthur Andersen and Deloitte, where she completed her ACA training. This provided valuable experience, leading Winny to working for the Global Media Enterprise, Viacom, where she travelled extensively, accumulating further expertise whilst working in different business environments and cultural settings.
Almost twelve years ago, Winny joined the fast growing pharmaceuticals company PPD, where she contributed to the significant growth of the company. She took on further professional training with ACT and helped PPD set up its current global treasury function. PPD is now a leading global contract research organization providing comprehensive, integrated drug development, laboratory and life cycle management services. PPD has 20,000 employees and operates in 100 + countries.
In a recent interview, Winny was described as ‘[having] a willingness to up sticks and move to where the action is, plus a strong commitment to the treasury discipline, Winny Li’s career has all the hallmarks of the exemplary 21st-century treasurer.
Following a Mathematics degree at the University of Bristol Karen completed her CIMA and AMCT qualification within the Treasury team at BUPA where she stayed for eight years before moving to the Treasury Finance team at Nationwide Building Society. She was at Nationwide for five years where she supported the Treasury Division during the financial crisis including a period as Head of Treasury Finance and was involved in setting up the securitisation and Covered Bonds programme and regulatory reporting.
A move back to corporate Treasury then followed with 3 years as Treasury Controller for TUI Travel’s UK&I business (Thomson and First Choice holidays) followed by interim treasury system roles at Thomas Cook and Anglian Water.
Her current role of Group Treasurer at Domino’s Pizza Group brings together the experiences gained from larger teams whilst being actively involved in the day to day running of an agile international growth business.
Frank Rust is in charge of Bucher group’s centralized financial risk management. Since Bucher is a worldwide operating manufacturer of niche market machinery and systems managing the foreign exchange exposures is the most challenging task of group treasury. He is also responsible for the inter-company financing, the cash and liquidity management and the group’s external funding.Prior to joining Bucher in 2010 he was heading treasury and trading businesses in the Swiss banking industry for more than six years. Frank Rust started his career as trader of interest rate derivatives in Frankfurt, Germany and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Cologne, Germany.
Gordon Wei, born in 1973, has been managing treasury risk for Huawei since July, 2013.
He joined Huawei in 2004, initially worked in the Corporate Funding area. In January 2007, he was assigned to lead a full scale transformation for group treasury. The transformation set up the foundation of today’s treasury management structure, including treasury centers, cash pools and a Quantum TMS system. After completion of the project, he assumed responsibility to lead the Corporate Funding team and managed Huawei’s first bond issuance 2012. He was sent to London in 2013 to set up the Financial Risk Control Center for Huawei, and take direct responsibility for treasury risk management.
2017 he has taken extra responsibility as the Global Process Owner for group treasury. And recently he was appointed as the General Manager and Director for Huawei Global Finance Company.
Dubai Aerospace Enterprise, Katherine is the head of the treasury team at Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Limited. DAE is a leading aircraft leasing company, with assets in excess of $15b, serving 114 airline customers in 55 countries. Previously, she led the treasury team at AWAS (an aircraft leasing company acquired by DAE in 2017) and held a variety of treasury roles with Global Crossing (European Treasury Manager) and formerly with Intel Ireland and Intel Corporation (UK) Ltd. Katherine holds a degree in International Marketing and Languages, successfully completed the MCT in 2000 and is a member of the Institute of Directors (IOD).
After initially starting my professional life as a research scientist I decided to retrain as an accountant with Horwarth Clarke Whitehill in London, gaining my ACA qualification in 2008. Shortly after, I relocated to the South West to work for Capita Financial Group managing a range of listed private equity funds before moving to work for Babcock’s Martine & Technology Division. During the 7 years I was at Babcock I held a number of management position across Central, Operational and Divisional finance. With increasing responsibility for divisional Fx management I decided my broaden my knowledge, gaining my AMCT qualification in 2014. In 2017 I joined Flybe, the largest independent airline in Europe, as Head of Treasury. In this role I am responsible for all aspects of treasury including liquidity management, Fx and commodity trading, risk, compliance and counterparty management. I also overseeing the revenue protection and fraud teams.
Glenn Van Olmen, born in 1981, is heading the treasury department of Infrabel since February, 2017.
After being a strategic consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, he joined the Belgian railway infrastructure manager Infrabel in 2005 and built up a large experience in controlling for over a decade. In 2017, he took over as Head of Treasury, which was a new department since 2014 as up till then, Infrabel was free of debt.
As Head of Treasury, he redefined the financing policy, streamlined and digitalized the treasury operations and reporting and is currently preparing the transformation towards a new TMS. Next to that, he is reviewing the financing strategy as he’s responsible for the management of Infrabel’s debt of over 2 bln €. Finally, he manages the relationships with the rating agencies and is currently looking into the implementation of a shared service in treasury towards Infrabel’s subsidiaries.
After working as an asset liability manager in a small Swiss bank, Felix Meyer’s background in Treasury started as a financial consultant implementing Treasury management solutions for large corporate clients at the solution provider Trema Treasury Management Systems (now ION/WallStreetSystems). This experience led him to join the corporate Treasury department of the Swiss/Swedish corporate ABB, where he was responsible for both technical and business sides of the treasury management solution. His skillset expanded into project management, where he led several successful upgrades of the treasury management system.
In his latest position as IS Business Engagement Manager for Treasury, he served as the senior product manager of treasury solutions (areas include insurance/captive/trade finance/pensions/treasury operations) as well as head of the Treasury IS organization.
His background includes certifications in Treasury (ACT), project management (PMP), product management (certified scrum product owner) and technical areas ( SQL server administration). Felix is currently adding to his skillset by pursuing a cyber security certification; he is currently seeking his next challenge in the treasury/IT space.
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