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Leading a global treasury team with Fred Schacknies


About this episode

The Treasury Career Corner Podcast returns for another intriguing interview with Fred Schacknies, the Senior Vice President & Treasurer at Hilton Worldwide. On the show, we talk about how he built his impressive career in treasury, where he is now and where he sees himself and the treasury profession going next. Before joining Hilton in 2009, Fred held various treasury roles with Constellation Energy and Lucent Technologies. He currently serves a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Financial Professionals and has served on Client Advisory Boards for Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan. He has been a speaker or panellist at events hosted by the Financial Times, The Economist, Euro Finance, the US Chamber of Commerce and other groups. His team has been recognised with an AFP Pinnacle Grand Prize, an Alexander Hamilton Award and an Adam Smith Award for various treasury projects. Fred holds a BA in international relations and economics from Brown University and an MBA in finance from New York University. On the podcast we discussed…
  • An overview of Fred’s impressive career in corporate treasury
  • How Hilton’s treasury department has changed and been affected by the downturn and changes to the company over the years
  • What it’s like to lead a global treasury team across multiple nations
  • The importance of aligning processes, people and technology to ensure everything works under the same policies and towards achieving the same goals
  • An inside look at the team structure and ethos at Hilton
  • Building diverse and multi-skilled teams
  • The importance of being quantitatively minded as a treasurer
  • Why communication and leadership skills are highly sought-after qualities by treasury recruiters
  • Fred reveals what has helped him find a high level of success in his career
  • Fred shares advice for someone hoping to emulate his career success
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