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Ioana has spent overall more than 17years in corporate ﬁnance and M&Aadvisory; working for the EBRD, KPMG,and now Raiffeisen Investment inRomania.
How did KPMG inﬂuence yourcareer?
There are lots of things I learnedat KPMG, many of which have beenhelpful in my future professionalendeavours.Amongst the most notable I wouldmention the importance of teamworkderived from the management capacityof adequately stafﬁng projects and theability to place real emphasis on fastdelivery.
What were the other lessonsfrom your time at KPMG?I.F: The capacity to keep a ﬂexibleapproach and tailoring the ﬁnal outputto the client’s needs, as opposed to amore standardised approach prevalentin other places. That in turn has feda personal philosophy for drivingtransformational change. I have sincedeployed the skills gained at KPMG ina number of senior positions, includingmy current one as Managing Director ofRaiffeisen Investment Romania (RIR).
What advice would you give toa young trainee at KPMG?
I can honestly say that KPMG isa great place to be, a big house withsome fantastic people in it, so makethe most of it! You will gain essentialingredients for your future career,learn to have a structured approachcomplemented by analytical skills. Evenif sometimes you will be expected tomake signiﬁcant efforts, you will learnfrom it. Your quid pro quo: you will getan education of a lifetime that you can’tbuy anywhere else!
Ioana Filipescu, ManagingDirector, Raiffeisen InvestmentRomania (RIR)
“At KPMG, you will get aneducation of a lifetime you can’t buy anywhere else!”
Ioana took her ﬁrst degree atIasi Polytechnic. She also took anEMBA at the Academy of EconomicStudies (ASE) in Bucharest,followed by a Master’s degree inPublic Administration at the ÉcoleNationale d’Administration (Paris).
Corina Cucoli, Director, Restructuring, KPMG in Romania
I have always believed that one’s professional life has 3 stages:learn, do and give back.I started working in KPMG in 1997, I’ve learned a lot- learning bydoing mostly. As I was in my 20’s I called KPMG my “privatebusiness school”. I learned how to do the right things in business butalso how to do the things right. Important.Then I left for “business” - as we used to say - for 10 years. I’ve been in the topmanagement teams of several companies.I’ve worked for the beneﬁt of my clients and employees, I’ve created value for myshareholders and worked for my personal glory too. I’ve had achievements, I’ve hadgreat teams, I’ve been praised and felt accomplished.I was in my “doing” phase. When the right time comes you just know that you haveto move forward, not only to get a new challenge but also to reach a new stage. Forme it’s now the “giving back” stage. This is the phase when you manage, do, learn andshare. What can be better for a client than when you talk from your own experience?So, do you know a better place where you can do all of these things, other than home?Yes home, this is what I felt when I returned to KPMG in November 2009: that I amback home. And it feels good.This is me. What about you?
KPMG, part of my journey
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