Robert is a multi-lingual leader and finance professional with extensive international experience in the wholesale and retail sectors for FMCG, luxury goods and jewellery. His understanding of complex business processes, IT and financial issues make him a respected expert in turnaround situations. Robert’s broad business acumen, combined with his attention to detail and leadership skills, is ideally suited to strategic planning, complex projects and improving efficiency of operations.
Robert’s career started in Botswana and South Africa, where he held senior managerial and finance positions for companies covering a broad range of sectors.
In 1993, Robert moved to Poland to join the audit practice of Coopers & Lybrand. From 1997 to 2007 he worked for the Heineken Group in various finance positions in Poland and the Netherlands. Following a stint as CFO at McLane Polska, a subsidiary of the Eurocash Group, he became the CFO of the Polish subsidiary of Mediq, a Dutch multinational provider of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies.
Starting in 2011, Robert built and led the EMEA shared service centre in Warsaw for Danish jewellery group PANDORA, a position from which he retired at the end of 2017. He now works as an independent consultant, supporting and sharing his experience with small and medium-sized businesses.
Main areas of focus:
- Financial management
- Industry experience:
- Luxury goods and jewellery
- Beer brewing and distribution
- Functional experience:
- Shared services
- Areas/circumstance where these have been or can be applied:
- Leadership mentoring
- Succession planning for privately-owned businesses