These are no more than lines of figures, but they represent astronomical sums and therefore huge financial and operational risks. Treasurers are responsible for generating the highest risk-free returns possible while ensuring there is enough liquidity, minimising cash lying idle, guaranteeing compliance and adhering to ever more numerous regulations. All of these high-pressure tasks contribute to increasing their stress.
Does this stress stop treasurers sleeping properly at night? Surely not. After spending the day counting cash and keeping down risks, they can go to sleep peacefully counting sheep.
François MasquelierHead of Corporate Finance and Treasury, RTL Group, and Honorary Chairman of the European Association of Corporate Treasurers