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Alok Vyavaharkar

Financial Controller of Operations (United Kingdom)

Alok oversees all financial reports of the Operations department in the United Kingdom.

“In 2016, I was more than enthusiastic to join Westfield. With a background in Retail Real Estate Finance, I was well aware of the company’s prestigious reputation. Little did I know that a short time later, I would be part of something even bigger.

At the end of 2017, I was promoted from Financial Controller Leasing to Financial Controller of Operations. 2018 was all about commencing and consolidating that role. I had a larger and more senior team to manage, was dealing with different stakeholders and took on new responsibilities, such as looking for opportunities to drive superior growth.

In 2018, we all did a lot together. From a management perspective, I recruited two people who are now vital to my team, and also promoted two of my team members - the future looks bright for us. My major projects were of course marked by the Westfield acquisition – and what an exciting experience that was. We worked with the ex-Unibail-Rodamco teams to make sure that the process was a success. The 5-year business plan was particularly interesting – from visiting new teams and creating synergies, to understanding KPIs for the new Group – it was a great learning curve.”