Andrea Pavlovic is a member of the management board at Privredna Banka Zagreb (PBZ) – a subsidiary bank of Intesa Sanpaolo in Croatia – where she has worked since 1997. She also leads its Risk Management and Control Division.
Tell us something about your working experiences so far
My first position was at the Institute of Economics in Zagreb, where principally I was researching and analysing market trends. While immersed in an academic institution such as that, I certainly didn’t foresee ending up in a bank. Next came two years in the Croatian national parliament, where I worked as a senior adviser to the State Budget committee, before the long PBZ chapter in my life began (already two decades and counting). I’d done my PhD in risk management, so it was a special moment in 2003 when I was named the bank’s executive director of risk management.
How does it feel to be an ambassador for the Intesa Sanpaolo group?
For me, it is very natural. A large reason for my spending so long in the one institution is because it has afforded me the chance to grow and feel professionally fulfilled. The values of Intesa Sanpaolo are a match for my personal values, too. To give a few examples, openness, diversity, respect and a healthy drive for success. By ‘healthy’, I mean that the bank promotes achievement and competition, but always with humanity. As an employee, that is appreciated. It’s not an easy balance for a bank to strike – between positive results and compassion – especially in the current climate, with the high expectations of regulators, shareholders and the like. But it’s a balance Intesa Sanpaolo achieves.