Naomi Holland, International Treasurer for Intel Corporation, details her career progression and describes the challenges of successfully balancing her family life while returning to a senior role after an eight-year career break.
How did you come into treasury and what attracted you to the profession?
My entry to the world of treasury was somewhat unplanned, as my background was that of a chartered accountant which led me to join the finance department rather than the treasury department of Intel Ireland. The treasury connection came as my remit included supporting the EMEA treasury team. Then the Intel Ireland treasury manager was returning to the US, and I was asked to consider applying for his role, which I did. Treasury attracted me as at that time I assessed it as an area which was market focused, delivered tangible results and involved strong interaction with external stakeholders.
How has your career progressed through to the role that you hold today?
My early career saw me both qualify and work as a chartered accountant with PwC. However, the ‘corporate world’ rather than the ‘world of practice’ was where I wanted to pursue my career. This saw me move to Intel Corporation where I have held a number of roles: Irish Finance Manager, Irish Treasury Manager, EMEA Treasury Manager, EMEA Treasurer and now International Treasurer, where my remit covers the treasury related activities of all non US locations. The progression through to my current role has been underpinned by my initial professional training as a chartered accountant. This provided me with some great skills – commercial acumen, communication, stakeholder management, planning etc. This, together with ongoing training, exposure to some excellent individuals, opportunities and informed risks I took along the way, has led to where I am today.