Episode 074 – Building a Portfolio of Skills with Stephen Kaufhold

In this week’s episode of the Treasury Corner podcast, I’m joined by Stephen Kaufhold, the Senior Vice President & Treasurer at Allergan plc. If you looked at Stephen’s undergraduate CV it would have stated that he only ever wanted a job in treasury. He has seized every opportunity and made some good early moves in his career, ensuring he built a solid foundation across all treasury roles.

Stephen joined Allergan in 2010 as Treasurer and is now responsible for the global treasury and insurance functions. Allergen plc is a global pharmaceutical company which focuses on the development, manufacturing and commercialising of a range of branded pharmaceutical devices, and a broad range of regenerative and therapeutic products covering the nervous system, eye care, gastroenterology and medical aesthetics. They have one of the broadest development pipelines in the pharmaceutical industry. Formed in 1948 it has undergone many changes. Today they employ around 17,000 employees and operate in 100 countries.

Before joining Allergan, Stephen was the VP, Treasurer of Virgin Mobile USA, a wireless MVNO service provider, from 2004 to 2010. While at Virgin Mobile, he was part of the team that led the company’s IPO in 2007. Prior to Virgin Mobile, Stephen was SVP, Assistant Treasurer of the CIT Group responsible for the cash management, risk and international treasury functions.

He started his treasury career at AT&T Capital Corporation. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Washington Crossing Council, Boy Scouts of America. He earned his MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and has Bachelor degrees from St. Peter’s College and Loyola University, Maryland.

On the podcast we discussed…

  • How Stephen has taken risks and several leaps of faith for his career development
  • How to make yourself more valuable to your company and potential employers
  • Stephen’s experience of managing an IPO and large acquisitions and mergers and how that has helped his treasury career
  • Why he believes building a portfolio of skills across all areas like FX and Cash Management are key for a successful career in treasury
  • What Stephen sees as the future for treasury
  • The importance of being flexible and grabbing every opportunity and experience available to you

If you would like to get in touch with Stephen, you can connect with him via his LinkedIn profile

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2019-11-12T10:33:24+00:00November 12th, 2019|

Talking Treasury Careers

In this weekly podcast, I interview treasury professionals from across the globe about their treasury careers. I talk to them about their roles, how they built their careers, where they are now and where do they see both themselves and the treasury profession developing.

Other areas we talk about include; Career highlights and lowlights. Where they got their big break? What do they see as key to their success? Where do their careers go from here? What do they see as the future of the Treasury profession?