A LIMERICK woman has been named among the top 100 most influential women in European finance in the Financial News magazine.
Maria Cantillon, originally from Sexton Street in the city, and the daughter of Rose and Dermot Cantillon, has risen through the ranks in finance and is now global head of sales with the company Alternative Investment Solutions, State Street Global Services in London’s Canary Wharf.
The 42 year-old, who was educated at Presentation School on Sexton Street, secured $56 billion in new mandates for her company and was instrumental in completing the integration of Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing’s fund services business into State Street. The magazine highlighted her burgeoning career, stating: “She now has responsibility for all business development and sales activity for the world’s largest alternatives asset sector.
“Her clients include hedge funds, private equity firms and real estate investment firms. She manages teams in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific.” She also represents her company in the 30% Club, which promotes gender diversity at board level.”
She previously served as head of alternative investment managers at BNP Paribas Securities Services, and has also held similar sales and relationship management roles with HSBC and JP Morgan in Singapore and London. Her experience in the funds industry spans more than 15 years in London, Dublin, Luxembourg, Singapore, Hong Kong and New York. Maria lives in Surrey with her husband Tom Healy, also a native of Limerick, and her associates said she was proud to get this nomination, especially as an example of the growing success of women in the business world.