Verlene Abdol

  • Job Title: Senior Assistant Controller
  • Business: Marsh
  • Office Location: Sandton, South Africa
  • Joined Marsh: March 2017
  • Hometown: Johannesburg, South Africa 
  • Education: Chartered Accountant (South African Institute of Chartered Accountants), Post-Graduate Diploma (Taxation)
  • Interests: Reading, self-development, travel




Meet Verlene

As a Senior Assistant Controller, I work within a dynamic finance team to wrangle and detangle accounting processes, improve control weaknesses, and ensure that reporting deadlines are met.

At Marsh, our purpose is to protect and promote possibility. How do you do that in your role?  

Possibility thinking means you use your imagination and look to the future to determine what is possible and focusing on what can be. As part of the controllership team, this means looking beyond the processes and tasks that comprise the finance function and being innovative and creative to find efficient and effective ways of delivering value to our stakeholders.

What excites you about working at Marsh?

People! I have met amazing colleagues locally and internationally who are committed to using the influence and creating positive changes. As a member of the EMEA Women in Finance Council, I have also had opportunities to meet some of the senior leadership within the global organization. There is a genuine commitment to foster a global inclusive culture built on respect.

How do you bring your “whole self to work”? 

I have wholly embraced my authentic self at the office and have ditched the “work persona.”  I have found that doing so has allowed me to be more vulnerable and real with my colleagues and has made my work environment more enjoyable and more productive.