Only Real Achievements Inspire Us to Run Faster

Zeynal Abdullaev studied Management in Moscow. Since 2012, he works at Raiffeisenbank Russia as the Head of Financial Controlling Division and as the Managing Director. Zeynal is a highly accomplished Financial Controller with extensive experience in team building and management of large and diverse teams. In this short interview, he has described his experience and what brings inspiration to his work.

You work as the Head of Financial Controlling and Managing Director at RaiffeisenBank in Moscow, Russia. What particular challenges do you face as a Managing Director of a Bank?

I see two big challenges in the current environment:

  1. Correctly identify those trends and opportunities that can bring Financial Controlling function to a completely new level in the organization and
  2. Build a strong team of experts and motivate them to do changes.

The future finance professional is
as much a strategist as an accountant.

Has it always been your dream to work in the world of Finance?

Yes, and I am glad that I work in this field where you can combine and apply many different skills in one place.

A company executive needs to be inspired in order to perform their job successfully. What is the source of inspiration for you personally?

Only real achievements inspire  us to run faster and constantly generate value.

If finance truly is adding value,
it will be a source of leadership talent
for other parts of the business.

Rob McFarlane

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