Article published courtesy of karrierevejviser.dk
This portrait was originally published in the career guide karrierevejviser.dk, an annual publication that is being distributed to graduate students in universities in Denmark and southern Sweden. The portrait is republished on maersk.com courtesy of karrierevejviser.dk.
The author of the portrait, Daniel Bird, is employed by Move on Communications.
Earning the stripes
Camilla Westergaard wants to be a Captain like her father. She is one of more than three-thousand cadets learning the theory and practical skills for work on Maersk vessels.
The last ten years at Maersk have given Christian a highly varied experience. Working with different types of funding, whether that be loans, bonds, ship financing or project financing, Christian explains that his varied responsibilities have allowed him to develop. After 3 years at Maersk, he was invited to be part of a new treasury team in Singapore.
“The offer came at a perfect time because I was really enjoying work but I also wanted to try something different. It was a great experience and really exciting to be in that region where so much is happening in terms of development and growth.”
Three years later Christian returned to Copenhagen to join a team who had recently started issuing bonds for Maersk for the first time in the group’s history.
“Issuing our first bonds in 2009, there has been a lot of scope to develop our strategy and our presence in that market. I think there are still some possibilities that we haven’t looked at and I hope to influence the direction we take.”
Day to Day at Group Finance
Christian’s tasks include analysing bond opportunities and discussing the financial markets with banks. He and his team meet with investors on a quarterly basis to update them about Maersk. Christian also works with financial planning, making forecasts about the company’s future financial position, producing reporting for the board of directors and completing ad hoc analyses.
“It is perfect for me because I have on the bond side contact with financial markets which is for me very interesting to feel that what I am doing is part of a bigger world. At the same time I have financial planning which is much more of an internal role but it is also very interesting because I have an overview of the whole group and where it is headed.”