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“You know Germany better than some Germans!” This is a compliment I’ve often received when I tell people which parts of the country I’ve explored since I moved here in 2007. I love traveling, and my job gives me plenty of opportunities to do so: I spend almost one-third of my time working all over the world.
Back in Argentina, my home country, I was an Internal Audit Manager for Fresenius Medical Care Argentina for almost four years. When the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) of 2002 went into effect (a U.S. law to ensure public companies have internal control mechanisms), it created the need for a large number of internal financial audits. Before I joined Fresenius, I spent eight years at a global auditing firm, where my work mainly focused on external audits and improving business processes. So I already knew how to analyze processes, identify vulnerabilities and provide suggestions for improvements and process optimizations. The Fresenius Medical Care head office in Germany noticed my talents and offered me a position with them as a Senior Audit Manager. To me, this sounded like it could be an exciting challenge and a great experience.
Seeing how our treatments help individual patients get better – it makes me feel so proud to be a part of that.
Today, my work mainly encompasses Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, but I also manage projects in the U.S. and the Asia-Pacific region. I enjoy meeting new people and I always try to understand their perspective – whether they’re customers or colleagues. The teams I work in are multicultural, and as a “foreigner” myself, I got a very warm welcome here. When I began my new position with Fresenius in Bad Homburg, my German wasn’t that good, but my new colleagues had a lot of patience with me. I can clearly remember the day I received the offer to work in Germany. At the time, I thought it was unrealistic – but thanks to my efforts and the aid of my colleagues in both Argentina and Germany, it quickly became a reality. Moving to Europe was a major undertaking, and Fresenius supported me tremendously at all times.