Karolina Tarnawska, Treasury & Credit Risk Director, Grupa Žywiec
In the first of this series, we featured Sarah-Jane Chilver-Stainer, Senior Vice President and Group Treasurer of GSK who shared some insights on her treasury career. This month, we are delighted to welcome another of our 2012 TMI corporate award winners, Karolina Tarnawska of Grupa Žywiec, part of the Heineken Group, who won the award for payments and collections, recognising the company’s innovative cash collections project. In this interview, Karolina discusses how her career in treasury has progressed, with quite a different background and experiences to those outlined by Sarah-Jane.
How did you first get into treasury, and what attracted you to the profession?
Initially, I started in banking, and worked as a relationship manager for ING. While I was there, I had the opportunity to move to McDonalds Polska, but initially decided to remain in corporate banking, which I enjoyed. Eventually, however, the position of treasurer became vacant at McDonalds Polska, so I decided to make the move into corporate treasury.
I soon found that in corporate treasury, my actions could make an immediate difference