Mark Kirkland, Group Treasurer, Constellium
Mark Kirkland is well-known as a highly respected (and often outspoken!) corporate treasury leader and regularly contributes to industry conferences, panels and fora. His career spans a variety of industries and organisations, and gives an interesting perspective on the diverse roles that treasury functions fulfil, and how treasurers can build their careers.
How did you come into treasury and what attracted you to the profession?
I left university with a PhD in mathematics, and initially went into investment banking at Merrill Lynch. I started in quantitative analysis but became more involved in selling structured derivative products. After nine years, I wanted to use my skills in a different way, and was offered a role at Philips. I was particularly attracted to the breadth of the corporate environment, as opposed to investment banking, and it marked an interesting change from my career up until that point.