Meet Tianyu Wang

Originally from Shanghai, Tianyu came to Norway to study. She then completed the two‐year Maritime Trainee Program at another Norwegian shipping company before joining Wilhelmsen as Group Business Controller.
Published: (Wilh. Wilhelmsen Holding ASA)

What do you enjoy the most about your job? The incredibly supportive working environment. It is full of fast paced and professional hard workers here. People are also open and always willing to share. I love the fact that people at all levels are down to earth and easy to talk with.

What are your greatest challenges? Newly onboard, my greatest challenge at the moment is to understand the global Wilhelmsen business. As my previous experience was in petrochemical transportation, which is quite different from Wilhelmsen’s business, my current priority is to understand the market dynamics and their impacts on our numerous business segments. I am also improving my Norwegian and increasing my understanding of the Nordic culture.

How did you end up in this position? When did you begin in the Wilhelmsen group? I am originally from Shanghai. I came to Norway for a master degree at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) in 2005 under a Nordic – China partnership program. After I graduated, I was offered a two‐year Maritime Trainee Program at another Norwegian shipping company and subsequently started as Business Controller there.

After working there for nearly four years, I was looking for a further career progression. I looked towards Wilhelmsen because of its prestige and the respect it has within the shipping industry. I applied for my current position in Wilhelmsen and became part of the Wilhelmsen group in January 2011.

What are some central skills that are necessary for your position? A sound academic background of finance and accounting and good knowledge of international accounting principles (IFRS) are needed. In addition, effective communication skills, especially the ability to explain the numbers to non‐financial managers effectively, is also vital. Above all, to always keep an open mind, keep asking questions to challenge the status quo.

Describe a normal day My typical day can be filled by looking after multiple financial reports from different subsidiaries, developing periodical group management reports, preparing material to the board of directors and for public presentations, participating in audit processes and preparation of annual report, etc. Therefore, days are never the same when dealing with different projects. Quarter ends and year ends can be intensive and tough, but these challenges are well overcome by effective collaboration within the team.

When you are not working what do you enjoy doing? I love cooking. I see it as a mental relaxation to prepare a delicate and delicious dinner for my family. During weekends, I enjoy hiking in the woods and mountains where the fresh air and sound of nature recharges me for a new week.

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