Meet David: Our New Group Head of Commercial Finance

Meet David: Our New Group Head of Commercial Finance

At Stretchline, we always challenge ourselves to do better, including in best-in-class financial management. This is why we’re excited to welcome David Monaghan to the Stretchline family.

David joins us from British Airways and will help build our commercial finance function globally. Before he got stuck into his new role, we sat down with him to chat about his vision for the position and why he is excited to join Stretchline.

What are your key objectives for this new role?

A key objective is to build a global commercial finance team to help shape and deliver the group’s strategic direction through strong business partnerships, planning and forecasting.

Tell us about your background and what experiences have you gained?

I have over 12 years of experience as a finance professional. I have worked in multiple industries, such as media and communications, freight and logistics, and aviation. Most recently, I worked for British Airways’ business partnering commercial and operational directorates, supporting them through the most challenging period for the aviation industry.

In my years in finance, I have led and been involved in projects as diverse as joint ventures, building construction, integrating finance systems and supplier contract negotiations. This enables me to draw from a broad range of experience to bring into the Stretchline family.

How does your previous experience contribute to your new role?

Throughout my career, I have learned that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to business. Having partnered with a wide range of stakeholders across different geographies, business areas and cultural backgrounds, I have learned to adapt my approach to suit each situation and to address business needs and challenges in different markets.

In my most recent leadership roles, I’ve created new suites of reporting, analysis, and financial insights to aid strategic decision-making. This hands-on experience will be helpful in my new role at Stretchline.

What do you think is the most important leadership skill?

Communication. A good leader must be able to sell their vision and convince others to get on board.

Great leaders are active listeners and communicate clearly, whether explaining their plans and how they can add value, giving people clear direction and accountability, or simply listening to their concerns.

What are you most looking forward to over the next few months?

I’m excited to get my teeth stuck into a new industry and learn as much as I can about how Stretchline operates. One of the most important things that will allow me to add value is to immerse myself in the company and its people. I’m eager to get out and meet colleagues across the business. I’ve always enjoyed being in companies and teams with a true family feel, and I’m looking forward to much of the same here at Stretchline.

We look forward to hearing David’s ideas and seeing him implement his vision and drive the group finance function globally. Welcome to the Stretchline family, David!

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