Ingrid Kachanakova (London) joined Crowe’s London office as a financial controller in January 2018. She manages Crowe’s outsourced bookkeeping services in both the United Kingdom and France. In that role, she helps develop and design internal processes and controls within Crowe’s London and Paris offices and helps shape group reporting.
Q. You haven’t always been in finance. How did your career path take you there?
A. After completing secondary school in Slovakia, where I’m originally from, I moved to London to improve my English. I got interested in computing and was into website development, which was the go-to career at that time. However, I started a business degree course and realized that I was more of a finance person than a computer programmer.
Q. What do you enjoy doing outside of Crowe?
A. Travel is at the top of my list, and along with that, learning languages. I speak three languages fluently – Slovakian, English and Polish – and have a good grasp of Russian and German. I am taking French lessons in the evenings. My goal is that one day I will be able to read French novels in French. I also like to travel. Last summer, I spent two weeks traveling through Sicily. The best parts of the visit were the climb to Mount Etna (an active volcano) and touring the historic town of Syracuse.
Q. What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career?
A. Being able to progress with my career as well as start a family. Thankfully this is far more achievable now than for past generations, much to the benefit of society. I have two children, ages six and eight. At Crowe, I can work from home or take a leave at short notice, which helps me manage things at home when needed.
Q. What’s the most valuable advice you’ve been given in your career?
A. Look at the bigger picture because that is the way to spot opportunities. And work hard.