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Bio: I decided to join WSO to help both students and young professionals advance in their Finance careers, whether that be Sell side or side - as I have worked in both areas.
I spent 5 years in the sell side, advancing quickly from Analyst to an Executive Director in that time, far quicker then the usual 10 years minimum it takes. Following this I moved to the buy side, and am currently COO for a Large Cap Investment Manager where I cover Sales & Marketing, Fund Operations, Legal & Compliance, Audit, IT and HR.
Currently I'm in my early 30s and on 6-figures a year basic and have a 7-figure bonus target. I didn't get the best A-Levels, nor did I go to a famous University. I actually worked full time while at University in a bank hence graduating with a degree and 4 years of on the job experience.
Feel free to ask ANY QUESTION you like, and I will do my best to answer the question. If it is out of my scope, I will reach out to someone in my network for the best answer.
More about my background after the break...
I have worked in Europe and Asia and traveled frequently to the US on business. I won't lie, getting into banking with this background is tough, advancing so quickly is harder. But if I managed so can you. Let me help you succeed.
If you've already got the right background, then let me help you progress as quickly as I did.
2014 - Present - Large Cap Investment Manager
Chief Operating Officer
2013 - 2014 - Large Cap Investment Manager
Chief Marketing Officer
2012 - 2013 - Mid Cap Private Equity
Global Head, Sales & Marketing
2010 - 2012 - Top Tier Investment Bank
Global Head, Alternative Investors
2007 - 2010 - Top Tier Investment Bank
Asia Regional Head, Financial Institutions