An EY adventurer
Arbab has had an exciting career journey. From being a CFO at a large financial institution to a summer of travelling, before finally arriving back to EY to become an Associate Partner.
Arbab Dar | Associate Partner | FAAS - Financial Accounting Advisory Services | EMEIA Financial Services
Arbab is a partner in our Financial FSO Accounting Advisory Services (FAAS), based in the Oslo office. As a FAAS leader we follow him on her journey to where he is now at EY.
Arbab's EY road to success
Tell us a bit more about yourself.
I re-joined EY in November 2018 but before this I worked for Avida and Nordea. In between the jobs I decided to take four months off, from mid-June until end of October 2018. After deciding to leave my job as CFO at Avida I went home to my wife and said, “summer 2018 is YOLO” (You Only Live Once). The four months off were spent traveling together to different places such as New York, Detroit, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Toronto, Hamburg, Kosovo, Malaga and London. These adventures were by far the best time I’ve had, spending a lot of time with my family and especially my daughter (soon to be three years old). However, four months off from work environment was enough for an impatient person like me. A journey at EY was waiting for me as country leader for FSO FAAS. I couldn’t wait anymore so re-joining EY was something that I was really looking forward to. My previous experience with EY was from 2007-2014. During this time, I worked in various roles from being an auditor, getting involved with recruitment processes, being a consultant and also had a short spell in Forensic & Integrity Services. In 2014, I decided to take a step outside EY and work firstly as a financial controller for Nordea Bank Norway, later becoming Nordea’s CFO. I also had a stint as CFO for the Swedish bank Avida. The years outside of EY were great as I gained different perspectives sitting on the other side of the table from a client point of view. My experience made me realize the importance of always bringing the client perspective into business dialogues. My motto is: The sky is the limit. The only thing limiting you from achieving what you want to achieve is YOURSELF.
Why did you choose EY?
My answer to this question is, if not EY then what other options does one have? No matter what background you have and no matter where in the world you go, the EY professionals and the EY culture is the same and you get the feeling of belonging. To me that is unique and that is why I want to be a part of this organization. EY is the firm with the right people where I feel that I have the most alignment of values with. This became even more obvious when I was outside EY for a couple of years. Not that I didn’t like the people I was working with then, but there was a basic difference in mindset. A mindset I started to miss and a way of thinking that I wanted to go back to. One of the things that I value the most in EY is the focus on developing our people. I feel that I have developed into who I am today because of the continuous feedback I received on my performance whilst constantly been pushed to aim high. The high performing culture that is created is what we also bring to the client. Always striving to give our best to me is EY and the reason I choose to work here.
What do you like most about your role?
Currently, I am in a phase of building up FSO FAAS in Norway. This gives me time to reflect and think about the strategy and the people mix needed to create the right team. I get the opportunity to meet a lot of people, both inside and outside of EY. I like to meet and talk to clients to understand their challenges and provide support which brings added value to EY.