A result oriented and global minded professional with strong experience in International Contract management, Operational Risk, and Insurance within common and civil law jurisdictions.
Strong leadership abilities coupled with excellent negotiation and communication skills,
an interdisciplinary thinker, collaborative professional, who demonstrates initiative, well balanced judgement skills, diplomacy, and business acumen. Experienced in working with multi-cultural teams in an international environment. Master degrees in law from top tier universities.
Cross – jurisdictional contract management Corporate Insurance
Regulatory, Risk and Compliance Reporting and risk awareness training
Third Party Risk Management Business partner management
Strategic Planning & solutioning Management & leadership
Negotiation & communication German, English, French, Dutch, Portuguese
Senior Consultant 2016 - present
Manage corporate risk, contracts, compliance, and insurance using a strategic approach
Policy Review, company audits
Advising companies in conducting international business
Global business development
Macdonald, Dettwiler & Associates Ltd. (MDA Corporation) – Vancouver, Canada 2013 – 2016
Senior Advisor – Commercial Services- Aviation & Airborne Surveillance
Manage large aircraft (sub-) contracts in the aviation and drone division
Led a team of contract specialists
Negotiate, reviewed and drafted contracts and proposals including key performance agreements
Acted as trusted advisor to internal stakeholders to mitigate the company’s exposure
Provide recommendations to project teams to improve contract adherence and reduce company’s financial risk
Drove contract improvements and ensured that business partners meet their service level agreements
Analyze and reported overall contract performance
Reviewe and drafted deal structure, including foreign currency risk and export license
Provide risk awareness training to the on-shore and offshore teams
Manage a USD $5 Billion aerospace project for the Brazilian government
Partnered with all divisions across the organization (Finance, Legal, HR, Accounting, etc.)
Ensured that projects issues were addressed in a timely fashion with business partners
Identified new markets and business opportunities in the LATAM market
Managed export controlled goods for Canada, Australia, Israel and the US
HSBC Bank Canada – Vancouver, Canada (headquarters) 2011 – 2013
Senior Manager – Vendor Risk & Compliance
Led the Canadian Vendor Risk Team and provided appropriate oversight as the 2nd line of defense over the risk takers and worked with them to identify key risk management issues and advised on mitigation strategies.
Developed and maintained risk management standards and policies for the North American region.
Provided guidance and oversight to internal and external stakeholder associated with third party management, monitored, tracked and reported business unit compliance with vendor risk policies and procedures.
Collaborated closely with other North American and global risk management teams to ensure global alignment of the risk culture.
Participated in internal audit reviews and ensured compliance with regulatory requirements.
Maintained and reported risk journal and advised Senior Management on mitigation strategies for high risks.
Accenture – US/EU 2010 – 2011
Category Manager - Commercial Insurance Lead (Business Process Outsourcing)
Negotiated global contracts with US based vendor; ensured contractual risk transfer through flow down terms and conditions of business outsourcing deals which mitigated Accenture’s legal and financial exposure.
Led an initiative to streamline procurement process and introduced templates for regional adoption agreements.
Conducted opportunity assessments and risk analysis on large commercial insurance placements. Ensured contract compliance with Accenture’s Global Tax, Legal, Risk Management, Treasury and Data Privacy.
Compiled a workbook on commercial insurance including templates for RFP, RFQ, RFI and the insurance market dynamics.
Reviewed insurance policies and broker fee agreements and provided comprehensive insurance advice to high profile clients on commercial insurance with annual premiums of up to USD10 million.
HSBC Bank Canada – Vancouver, Canada 2009 – 2010
Contract Specialist (Strategic Sourcing)
Drafted commercial contracts in various fields of law including confidentiality, license, IT, agreements with a contract value reaching USD $20 million.
Served as a focal point of contact for the business units to provide comprehensive legal advice on regulatory matters.
Liaised with Legal Counsels among the Bank’s subsidiaries, tax and insurance divisions on a regular basis.
Consulted on contractual, commercial and strategic advice and assistance in relation to project variation orders to be pursued or negotiated by the bank.
Marsh mclennan – Calgary, Canada 2007 – 2009
Insurance Broker (Aviation Industry Practice)
Reviewed and drafted commercial contracts including aircraft lease contracts and insurance policies for airlines (WestJet Airways AirNorth, Air Canada), which resulted in a reduction of airlines legal exposure and protected the airlines assets.
Negotiated pricing and coverage on placements leading to reduction of insurance premiums of up to 40% and helped retaining the aviation business in a competitive environment; approved large scale special risk insurance placements (e.g. NAV Canada, Bombardier, Bell Helicopters etc.) in regards to its compliance with regulatory requirements.
Managed the placement of aircraft hull and liability insurance to an amount of USD$100M to Lloyds of London.
Aon Risk Services – Toronto, Canada (Headquarters) 2006 – 2007
Claims Analyst (Marine Division)
Managed contentious (cargo & liability) and non - contentious claims on behalf of the clients for cargo shipping operators worldwide of up to USD$100,000; negotiated recovery of claims with surveyors, and underwriters.
McGill University – Institute of Air and Space Law – Montreal, Canada 2005 – 2006
District Court Zurich – Zurich, Switzerland 2001-2002
Drafting judgements in labor, family and business law
Canadian Risk Manager (CRM): Global Risk Management Institute, NY, United States 2011
Master of Aviation & Space Laws [LL.M]: McGill University, Montreal, Canada 2006
Concentration on aircraft financing/leasing, fleet management, bilateral agreements, and airport management
Dissertation: Aviation Insurance in International Air Transport (McGill University)
Master of Laws [Lic.iur.]: University of Zurich, & Rijksuniversiteit Leiden, The Netherlands 2001
Community Manager, Internations, Vancouver, Canada 2010 – 2013
Honorary position as Ambassador to InterNations Vancouver
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