Join me on this episode of The Treasury Career Corner Podcast, where I speak to Ramon Tolk, the Senior Director of Treasury at Avery Dennison. Ramon is responsible for treasury and FX management and loans for Avery Dennison and is based in The Netherlands. His career has taken him from the world of auditing, to consultancy to treasury. He is also a frequent speaker at conferences and has written several articles on treasury topics and is sought after as a guest lecturer for bachelor and master’s courses on treasury.
While you may have used Avery labels, what you may not know is that the Avery Dennison Corporation is actually a global Fortune 500 company in materials science which specialises not just in labelling, but in the design and manufacture a range of functional materials. For over eight decades, they have been manufacturing products that are used in almost every major industry.
Today they make a range of physical and digital products; ranging from radio-frequency identification (RFID), pressure-sensitive materials for labels and graphic applications; tapes and other bonding solutions for industrial, medical and retail applications and tags and embellishments for apparel. Headquartered in Glendale, California, the company employs approximately 30,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Their reported sales in 2018 were $7.2 billion. Today they strive to find innovative, intelligent and sustainable solutions for customers across the globe.
Prior to working for Avery Dennison, Ramon started as in auditing at Deloitte before progressing to the position of Senior Manager, heading up the Regulatory and Accounting team within Treasury & Capital Markets for a range of international companies. He then consulted at Numico and managed their transition to Danone.
In 2012, Ramon moved to VimpelCom where he set up the treasury management systems, controls, and compliance processes as well as dealing with corporate finance strategy. He believes being able to have a broad knowledge in your field and sharing that knowledge with others is the key to a successful treasury career.
If you want to get the ‘bigger picture’ of what a global treasury career could be, then make sure you listen in to Ramon’s interview.
On the podcast we discussed…
- How Ramon’s auditing background helped him in his treasury career
- Why Ramon made the switch from consulting to corporate
- Dealing with the complexity of emerging markets and shareholders at VimpelCom
- Making the move to Avery Dennison and being responsible for treasury, FX and a global cash management project
- Why he believes in sharing treasury knowledge on the speaking circuit
- How always seeking continuous improvement is the key to Ramon’s success
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