Managing Partner, Chief of Staff
What has been the most memorable moment of your career so far?
Apart from my first year at the Vision Fund?! I had a front-row seat to the financial crisis of 2008. I was at UBS, and I was working with the CEO and COO focused on strategy, and how we were going to navigate the crisis. I helped create the first ‘bad bank’ for legacy assets and got heavily involved in redefining the business mix post-crisis. It was an extremely challenging time, but I learned so much.
I’m so fascinated by the kind of work our founders are doing, and I think that if we play our role right, we can be a critical amplifying force.
What’s your goal in your work here?
I partner closely with our CEO, the leadership group and all teams across the firm trying to make sure that everything runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible. Even though my work is largely behind the scenes, my goal is really the same: to help the Fund be an effective partner to the founders we work with. I’m so fascinated by the kind of work our founders are doing, and I think that if we play our role right, we can be a critical amplifying force.
As you build your team, what do you look for when it comes to talent?
My work has really been about building relationships and developing organizations, so I think EQ is equally, if not more important, than IQ. I’m not a technology, investment or finance expert, that’s not my job. But I can identify the priorities, build the necessary support and bring people with me. I think that a smart person who has great judgment, the right attitude and a sound moral compass can go far. So I’m more interested in those qualities than a specific set of skills that can be taught.
What is a typical day like for you?
Well, my days are all different, but I try to start them the same way. I travel a lot, so when I’m home I spend some time with my three daughters, before they go to school. Now, they’re teenagers, so they don't always want to talk to me, but I still manage to get to see them! My agenda is largely driven by Rajeev’s and the key priorities of the firm, so very varied, there is not often a typical day.
Do you have any advice for someone who is just starting out?
Sure, I’d say to embrace new things, continually. If you get involved in lots of different things, you’ll stay interested and inspired in work and life. I think that our founders all show that. These people are seeking to redefine their fields, and it’s because they’re not afraid of doing things that haven’t been done before.
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