Building our Talent in Warsaw

27 NOV 2019

Dermot is chief operating officer for EMEA, with oversight for the firm’s operations around the region, as well as chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs International Bank.

I have been a regular traveler to Poland since we opened the office in Warsaw in 2013 and I am always incredibly impressed by its dynamic environment and culture of innovation. Led by Jon Bury, who recently relocated from London, our Warsaw office looks and feels like a Goldman Sachs office anywhere else in the world with bright, keen and ambitious people. As one of our newer, fast-growing offices, it harbours a particularly creative environment.

Earlier this month I travelled to Warsaw to attend and speak at the Women in Technology Summit. It was an amazing event with over 6,000 women in attendance, making it one of Europe’s largest events of its kind. We’ve sponsored and helped organise both editions of the conference and it is a valuable opportunity for us to engage with women currently in or considering a career in technology. Over the years we’ve been amazed by the level of interest in these events, often double the numbers expected. That’s a real testament to the wealth of female tech talent in the region and the value of opportunities like this to bring them together. It was exciting to be part of the dialogue and do my part to drive change in female representation in engineering.

I spent time with various colleagues on my trip, including Joanne Hannaford, who heads technology for EMEA and Jo Obstoj, who helps drive our technology efforts in Warsaw and around this summit. It was particularly special then to see Jo Obstoj recognised for her work in her promotion to Managing Director in our class of 2019 – a real testament to the value of her efforts in the region.

The three Managing Director promotions in Warsaw really signal the strength of our leadership in the office. We are laser focused on building a centre of excellence that provides interesting opportunities for our people as well as leverage and optionality for the firm, tapping into the highly educated, diversified talent pool and language skills in Warsaw. Warsaw also has an optimum time zone proximity to support European and global clients so our people in Poland can and do work on regional and global projects. From developing technology behind Marcus by Goldman Sachs, to enhancing our client systems in our securities business – many of these projects have been driven out of our Warsaw office, making it an exciting place to build a successful career. 

Our growth in Warsaw continues to excite and inspire me, and I look forward to seeing the ongoing impact our team in Warsaw has on our business locally and around the world.


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