My Journey from software development to accounting
I was born in San Salvador, El Salvador and raised in San Jose, Costa Rica, where I completed my high school studies. As a first-generation college graduate of a migrant family rebuilding our lives in Costa Rica, I realized early on in my life that education meant access to opportunities. When I was about 10, I developed a passion for computers and numbers. I found that there is creative fusion between these disciplines, yet computers and its applications fascinated me the most.
With my family's unwavering support, I went on to pursue a dual Master's degree in Business Administration and Management Information Systems at DePaul University in Chicago and a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business/Marketing from the University of Alabama. Subsequently, I gained a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) from the Association of Finance Professionals in Costa Rica.
Today, as the Head of Country Chief Accountants (CCA) in Roche Services & Solutions APAC, I am responsible for leading and building a global diverse CCA team in the region, which is the biggest challenge of my career so far. I work with 21 Country Chief Accountants in APAC, to support our stakeholders across 16 countries and 32 reporting units covering Pharma, Diagnostics and Diabetes Care.
I am passionate about building high performing teams, as well as ensuring we have fun along the way. Looking back, despite the many challenges during the pandemic and the numerous lockdowns we endured, I'm immensely proud of how we've grown the CCA team in APAC over the last two years.