Since 1996, Jenny de Vries has been actively working in the financial sector. With a background in Financial Economics and Corporate finance, she started in her current role as CFO at Rituals 4 years ago. She also served various supervisory boards. As expert in the field, we are curious what changes she has encountered in the workplace in the recent years.
I studied Financial Economics and did two internships, one at MeesPierson Corporate Finance in Amsterdam and one international internship at ABN AMRO Corporate Banking in London. After these two internships I knew for sure that I wanted to work in investment banking (mergers & acquisitions). After my internship at ABN AMRO, they offered me a job, so I joined them after my studies. After twelve years, I wanted to take on a new challenge and realized that it was time for me to leave the banking space. I continued to do M&A/financing work but now for corporates. I gradually moved into the finance area resulting in my current role as CFO of Rituals.
When I started working for ABN AMRO, I just turned 24 and looked very young. Back in early 1996 the Corporate Finance department at ABN AMRO was still small. It was growing rapidly and we all had to work hard. As a youngster you got lots of responsibilities and it was a great learning opportunity. In this so-called ‘’men’s world’’ I always had the self confidence that my hard work would get the right appreciation and it did. The situation regarding gender diversity is different than when I started. There is obviously a lot more focus on gender diversity and you see more and more women in Finance than before.