Cristina Alba-Ochoa is the CFO of OakNorth where she is a strategic partner in the growth of the business. She is an inclusive leader who is responsible for developing, adapting and maintaining a robust control environment across the Group’s Finance. She stays very close to the day-to-day financial controllership, tax compliance, Treasury, and financial planning activities, and has played a central role in the group’s funding rounds which have seen it raise over $1bn and achieve a $2.8bn valuation.
Prior to joining OakNorth, Cristina spent 18 years at GE Capital International where her last role was to a team of experienced senior finance managers and analysts who facilitated the management of over $100 worth of sales across multiple jurisdictions. The strong governance framework she incorporated enabled transactions to be completed at speed whilst still ensuring security. She also oversaw the creation of GE Capital’s Centre of Excellence dedicated to cost analysis and forecasting, leading to a cost base reduction of $2b over three years. She was also CFO for the EMEA Leverage Finance Bank of GE, and prior to it she held several positions in finance and credit risk.