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Spotlight On: Kostas Goulas


News - 14 October 2019

'Spotlight On' is the platform where you can get to know some of the members of our team. Each edition looks at what the biggest value-add each role brings to clients, what's the best thing about working for ABN AMRO and answers to a number of personal questions. This edition focuses on Kostas Goulas and his role as Junior Relationship Director.

When did you join ABN AMRO Lease?

I joined ABN AMRO Lease in June 2019. I was previously employed as a credit officer at BAML, in the Leasing line of business, where I was evaluating the financial strength and creditworthiness of clients, taking into account any risk mitigating elements and reporting the transaction in line with the bank’s credit risk policies and framework. Prior experience includes work at a small Investment fund in the UK and an internship at the Athens Stock Exchange.

Describe your role at ABN AMRO Lease…

As a Junior Relationship Director in the Specialist Asset Finance team, my role entails daily interaction and collaboration with individuals and teams across the business. Meetings with clients, expanding the client base and assessing exciting new equipment funding opportunities are also key attributes of the role.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

The promise of meeting new people at every corner, the exhilarating feeling of funding new opportunities, but mainly the interaction with my colleagues. I also believe that ABN AMRO’s leading role and focus on sustainability is a prime example of where the industry as a whole should be steered towards. Keep it up ABN!

What’s the biggest value-add your role brings to clients?

I like to challenge the traditional way of doing things and always strive for improvement, both in my personal attributes and professional engagements. Always looking to automate and improve workflow efficiencies which ultimately benefit our offering to our clients.

What's the best way to start the work week?

A strong morning coffee, obviously.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Reading, board-gaming and dancing. I practice all three on a weekly basis! Furthermore, I take delight in walking around London and researching the backstory of places and buildings, their respective historic importance and architectural style.

What is on your bucket list?

What isn’t? A month long road trip of the US (not just Route 66). Another trip I would love to plan, but on the extreme end of the spectrum, would be to cross the Sahara desert with an off roader, Paris-Dakar style. Antarctica…

What was your dream job as a child?

At a very young age I sought to be an archaeologist / palaeontologist! I especially loved mummies and dinos. Any open positions in the British Museum please let me know!

What makes your heart beat faster?

Other than chocolate and coffee!? Well then, chocolate flavoured coffee probably and vice versa. Having said that, I do also enjoy a good read on a Sunday morning in a quiet coffee shop.