Ricardo Mantovani, 34

Ricardo Mantovani regards himself as fortunate to have had so many opportunities in life. Despite having grown up under the shadow of a learning disability he believes that with the right mind set and determination, anyone can achieve great things. The experience he gained through his CA programme has allowed him to develop both himself and the businesses he has worked in.

As a newly qualified CA(SA), he was given the opportunity to go on a secondment to the USA, to the KPMG North Carolina office. There he gained the confidence to conduct business across different approaches and got his first insight into the high level of regard with which the international community hold the SAICA programme. On his return, he was promoted to a manager at KPMG Cape Town and held this role for a year before being approached by RCS Financial Services to become their financial manager.

During his time at RCS he was responsible for developing the finance department. He then had the opportunity to play an integral part in the acquisition by BNP Paribas Group into Africa. This experience was crucial to his development and resulted in him being promoted to the Head of Finance role in BNP Paribas Personal Finance United Kingdom.

Here, he has been able to achieve more than he could have ever imagined. He led the first unsecured loans securitisation transaction totalling £570 million for BNP Paribas Personal Finance UK. He has overseen the restructuring of the finance function in the UK and the implementation of new, innovate ways of working to ensure that the finance department remains key to adding value to the company.

Ricardo has also helped lead numerous commercial negotiations, most notably for one of their top UK partners to secure a five-year contract − a key part of the company’s strategy.

Developing and working on varied topics resulted in him being promoted to CFO at BNP Paribas Personal Finance UK, which is one of the major countries in the BNP Paribas Group. He has also been included as part of the Leadership for Tomorrow talent programme within the BNP Paribas Group.

Ricardo is looking forward to his future growth, helping to develop and innovate business within the BNP Paribas Group.

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