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A finance professional by trade, Marianne trained with Arthur Andersen before joining General Electric where she honed her business, finance and leadership skills to become the Global CFO of Shell Aviation – a 20B$ turnover business – before turning 35.

A writer by passion, she is the recognised author of the Financial Times Guide to Leadership: How to lead effectively and get results.

An entrepreneur by conviction, Marianne founded her own boutique advisory firm in Merger and Acquisitions – specialized in growth-oriented cross-border transactions in Emerging Markets. She has successfully closed transactions in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

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Marianne has lived in 6 different countries and worked with more than 88 nationalities, always with the same objective: creating business value, while unlocking human capital for Finance communities, and ultimately for businesses.

She has experienced first-hand what it means to transform organisations and oneself, and what is required to understand, interpret and connect with oneself and the world around you.


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Most successful women I have met do not have such a warm personality and it gives something extra to your talk. It will definitely help us reach our leadership potential. 


I was blown away by the level of depth you give to many different things that pique your interest. You are a fantastic speaker!

- Women's Foundation Hong Kong

Thanks for the most interesting talk. I would be delighted to think on how you turn engineers mentality away from the square to circle

- Bombardier

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