Monitor 2020 Women’s List: Christine D. Gagnon

by Monitor Staff Nov/Dec 2020

Christine D. Gagnon, CPA

African Asset Finance Company





“Our industry continues to evolve. In developing economies, we see opportunities to innovate, both commercially and operationally, and leverage new technologies in ways that are less obvious or more cumbersome in legacy markets. This is tremendously exciting on one hand; on the other, it presents a different set of challenges that we will need to be prepared to address.”

As CFO of African Asset Finance (AAFC), Christine D. Gagnon is responsible for the accounting, finance, credit and risk functions globally. Previously, Gagnon served as a director at Ernst & Young in various leadership roles, including CFO and chief operating officer of EMEIA Financial Crime and chief operating officer of Financial Services Africa. She also held leadership positions at OneWest Bank, serving as first vice president in the offices of the CEO and vice chairman, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, serving as a senior manager.

“The depth of Christine’s finance, accounting and credit management experience, along with her professional experiences in Africa, makes her an incredibly valuable member of our leadership team and our industry. She is an authentic, agile and driven leader who plays a substantial role in the development and execution of our strategy in Africa,” Frans VanSchaik, CEO of AAFC, says. “She demonstrates her passion consistently in her interactions with our stakeholders and within our team. She is invested in our people, serving as not only a senior leader but as a mentor for developing and nurturing high potential talent. Christine has recently played a pivotal role in preparing a sector-wide preemptive rescheduling program that will help lessees in the agricultural sector to manage the impact of locust infestations and avoid delinquencies and defaults, setting up a clear win-win for us and our customers.”

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