#80: Ilkka Tales Vice Chairman of Greensill

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Greensill is the market-leading provider of working capital finance for companies globally. They provide Supply Chain Finance around the world,  from 20 days to 20 years and beyond, with ranges from $10mm to $5bn.

Ilkka is responsible for originating and structuring innovative financial solutions for clients across the world. Prior to Greensill, he served as CEO for three Australian listed companies and growing businesses to a global scale across a number of industries. And is what he calls himself an “unemployable character.”

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Connect with the Guest:

Ilkka Tales: LinkedIn

Some of the highlights from the podcast:

  • Funding USD142 billion for global trade
  • On-boarding 19,800 suppliers to a client’s platform 
  • The difference between Greensill and a bank 
  • Future developments in trade finance
  • How to look at risk and due diligence in supply chain finance

Show Notes:

  • [01:25] So tell us a little how did somebody like yourself and being highly unemployable ended up in Greensill?
  • [04:12] Can you take some time to explain to our listeners that may not know,  what does Greensill do
  • [05:04] I think last year we funded about $142 billion and this year we’re expecting to find significantly higher than that value. 
  • [05:20] Can you give us an example of clients you worked with? How you worked with them and helped them?
  • [06:30]  We implemented a technology-driven solution that was embedded into Vodafone’s SAP platform for suppliers to get access to funding earlier, as soon as the even invoice was approved.
  • [10:45] What is the difference between you and a bank? What would you say would be the main differentiator?
  • [13:36] From a supply chain financing perspective, how do you see this crisis having an impact and playing out in the next quarters?
  • [16:52] Many of the trade insurers have pulled out because they’re highly exposed to the recession that we are most certainly in globally. 
  • [18:44] We’re quite adept at solving very complex problems for our clients, and I think that’s probably what we’re best known for in the marketplace.
  • [19:55] Is there such a thing as a silver bullet in ensuring that you don’t end up funding companies that can go bankrupt, especially under the current situation?
  • [21:34] We need a different way of looking at risk. It requires due diligence on any transaction that you do but also what the governments are doing globally on supporting businesses.
  • [22:31] Where do you see trade finance in a couple of years down the line? What would be the main developments that you see happening?
  • [24:26] If you are to give a piece of advice to our younger listeners tuning in the podcast to have a successful career in a corporate environment, what would that be?
  • [24:55] When you approach problems with childlike innocence and not the baggage of what you might have learned and might have experienced. You end-up developing better solutions and better outcomes.
  • [26:53] If you don’t have diversity, you just have groupthink, and groupthink is just a bunch of people who come up with the same solution and face the same problem in the same way.

About the Host:

The host, Radu Palamariu is the co-author of “From Source to Sold – Stories of Leadership in Supply Chain”. He has been named one of the top 3 Global Supply Chain Influencers on LinkedIn and was featured in ForbesBloombergWEFBangkok Post, and MIT Supply Chain Talent magazine. Radu invites executives to share stories and perspectives around technology, logistics, e-commerce, supply chain, and manufacturing, and their views on how the future will look.

Alcott Global connects and upgrades the supply chain ecosystem by finding the right talent through executive search, developing talent through learning solutions, and meeting supply chain technology needs through a comprehensive crunch base marketplace.

The supply chain executive search has been our focus since the very beginning, offering recruitment services for top-tier supply chain roles at every level of the end-to-end supply chain: plan, source / procure, make, and deliver. Our consultants have years of experience in placing top talent, in North America, LATAM, Europe, the Middle East & Africa, and APAC, and besides speed, one of our biggest strengths is our network within the supply chain industry, and we capitalize on it to find the best solutions.

Through the years, we have grown as an organization and our offerings with it. One of our initiatives, the learning solutions- training and supply chain academy, is focused on transforming leadership- self-leadership, executive presence, influence capital, and business acumen. Through Supplify, we aim to match corporations with the top technology companies to solve their supply chain and logistics challenges with a focus on innovation and digital transformation.

We are in constant touch with the leaders in supply chain, inviting them to inspire the supply chain professionals in thought-provoking podcast episodes and events, and showcasing what is possible at the yearly Leaders in Supply Chain Awards.

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