I would like to see Elavon Europe as a leader in service and product for International Corporate customers, and follow the IC footprint more aggressively globally.
1.What was your first job, and how was it?
One of my first jobs was au pairing in Italy and I got to replace Donatella Versace’s au pair while she went on leave. That was a huge insight on how the kids of the rich and famous live. A birthday party consisted of a real McDonald’s stand with real ballerinas for a show. The job was intense as was the schedule of the family, so I had to learn to be organised, responsible and fast as well as adaptable to many cultures and situations. It served me well for later life in operations.
2. What would you regard as your greatest achievement to date?
My greatest achievement is to have lived in eight countries in my lifetime and worked in five of them. It really has allowed me to open my mind and adapt more quickly to many different ways of working and cultures, with all cultures having their curiosities but none any better or worse than another, just different. The achievement has made it easy for me to move around and get settled quickly as well as feel comfortable quickly in diverse groups.
3. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Advice I wish I had been given very early on that does not depend on any rules or religion is, to have vision of who I want to be and any thought, word or action not aligning to this should be controlled or stopped.
4. If you could step into the shoes of one businessperson for the day, who would it be and why?
I would rather not choose a business person but television personality David Attenborough. He has lived such a special life with insights into how the world works that could enrichen us all, even in business. Understanding how we all connect as leaders would add to success of a business significantly.
5. In three words or less, how do you define success?
Vulnerability, courage, self-evaluation.
6. How do you motivate yourself and your staff?
Knowing them as individuals, understanding difficult times and not just celebrating good times, saying thank you and setting the next goal together.
7. How do you relax?
Being with family and friends and having a good laugh about something simple.
8. What would be your ideal job and why?
I would like to work for the UN and head up the Children Rights section. Children are the future of the world and imagine if every child was protected and educated equally, what change that could bring on so many levels.
9. What are your aspirations for the future of Elavon?
I would like to see Elavon Europe as a leader in service and product for International Corporate customers, and follow the IC footprint more aggressively globally. Also to market our strength on having one platform with many funding and settlement currencies and a propriety omnicommerce solution. We are known for good service in the IC verticals, we do not to have many acquired systems, and we have a foundation that can be built on with more ease than others which in turn enables us to potentially lead in international verticals.
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