Years of working in the industry, your contribution reflects versatility and volubility. What has influenced your decision-making process at various stages?
My decision-making process can be summed up in the words of Robert Frost, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less travelled by, And that has made all the difference.”
The easy road has never appealed to me, as it leads to no new destinations. I took up investment banking 25 years ago, a difficult career choice, at a time when the industry was male-dominated. It resulted in new opportunities and growth prospects.
At different stages in my career, my choices have been about running in place, rather than leading the race. The move from investment banking to management consulting is an example. To effectively balance work and life with a young infant, I had to look for alternatives to spending nearly 18 hours at work every day.