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Oct 12, 2020

A Role Model for Women in Finance

We were delighted to welcome Nadine Gruber, the CFO of Business Unit Industry at Georg Fischer in Switzerland, to the EMEA Recruitment podcast. 

“It will not change if women are not willing to fight.” 

Nadine spoke to our Founder, Paul Toms, about her progression with Georg Fischer, from a Divisional Controller, to the Head of Division Controlling, then onto becoming the interim CFO of her division. She is now the CFO of the most profitable business unit at the company. 

It was during this latest role that Nadine realised she’s now a role model for women in Finance. But she’s still had her doubts; leading such a company is certainly a big task, but Nadine was fortunate to have the support of her colleagues and management at Georg Fischer. 

Her positive approach is also inspiring to all women in Finance roles or education. Nadine chooses to see the chances available to her, rather than the risks and challenges, and tries to bring herself in the organisation. 

Although Finance and Manufacturing are typically male-dominated, Nadine believes that she can change the world and the perception of the women around her. While it might be a slow process, she’s confident that women can go out there and show the world that it cannot cope without strong women. 

Nadine spoke to us before the birth of her first child, which will present new challenges when it comes to finding the perfect work-life balance. But, with a fantastic mentor at Georg Fischer, Nadine feels she has a deep understanding of the underlying concept of the company.

We also spoke to her about the next destination on her bucket list – take a listen to the podcast episode to find out!

We hope that women and men alike find inspiration from Nadine – please remember to share this episode with your Finance network.

Use the timestamps below to find the section you’re looking for:

01:20 – Gaining practical experience in Finance
04:52 – Career progression at Georg Fischer
07:07 – Trusting yourself to take on a new role
10:33 – The 2 things that motivate Nadine
12:51 – Being a role model for young women
16:50 – Why 2019 was a big year for Nadine
19:28 – Nadine’s mentor
21:32 – The new challenge of motherhood
23:30 – Where Nadine wants to travel to
26:00 – How to connect with Nadine 

You can connect with Nadine on LinkedIn here:


The EMEA Recruitment podcast is brought to you in partnership with international medical charity Operation Smile

This episode was hosted by Paul Toms, the Founder of EMEA Recruitment, and Jenny Callum, our Senior Consultant. 

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