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Sonia

Executive Director/Vice President,
Regulatory Operations

Operations Division, Bengaluru

“At every stage of my career, I have had the chance to contribute to and influence decisions and outcomes.”

Joined GS

2010

Hometown

Mangalore, India

Education

Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India
Undergraduate and Graduate School, Finance

Interests

Traveling and exploring different cuisines

Working at Goldman, there are very few boundaries to what you can achieve. I was hired as an analyst and worked my way up to vice president. I am constantly focusing on expanding my value and adding value to the firm. At every stage of my career, I have had the chance to contribute to and influence decisions and outcomes.

I manage a team which is engaged in the reporting and monitoring functions at the firm. It is a priority area and a critically important function as we explore business opportunities in different parts of the world. The risks managed on a daily basis together with the interactions across various parts of the firm and externally make each working day unique.

As a manager there is a tremendous amount of ongoing learning that takes place. From managing risks and infrastructure and understanding the business landscape, I have learned to be more nimble and flexible in order to keep up with the quick pace of the operating environment. When deals cross into different national markets, my team performs the research and makes sure we are complying with all rules in the various jurisdictions.

The environment at Goldman is lively, creative and energetic. We are always looking for the next innovative idea and have a healthy spirit of competition in all that we do. This stems from wanting to put our best foot forward and deliver best execution for our clients.

I’m a member of the People Development Committee (PDC) at Goldman Sachs in Bengaluru. We work on employee professional development, engagement and work-life flexibility. We organize mentorship and other professional programs for employees in our office. For example, we conducted a PDC week in the office creating awareness around the various tools, programs, mentoring/coaching options and training sessions we offer for employees to improve their skillset. Discussions about people are very interesting to me and it is one of the areas of conversation I find most rewarding as a manager.

The firm offers a wide range of resources and options through Goldman Sachs University (GSU), our in-house training and development program, which offers management training programs, formal and informal mentors and timely feedback systems. These tools have been of great help for me to personally develop new skills. The way I map out my career starts with developing myself – making sure I have all the right skills so I can do a really good job once I reach the next level. I’m constantly challenging myself to ensure I’m performing at my best.

Outside of work, I love traveling. I’m always looking for new places to visit and explore and love to embrace the culture, the cuisine and the general way of life of different places. I prefer relaxed traveling experiences rather than adventurous ones. Recently I traveled to Thailand, Sri Lanka and Dubai, and I enjoy eating Arabic and Italian food.