Interview with Joan Navas. “There are barriers that can be overcome, no matter how high they may seem!”

Interview with Joan Navas. “There are barriers that can be overcome, no matter how high they may seem!”

Joan Navas (40) is Fluidra’s Head of Consolidation at its Customer Service Department and has worked for the group since 1999. His proposal “We swim like dolphins” was one of the winning projects submitted to this year’s edition of Fluidra Day. Let’s find out a little more about him!

 

 

  • Hello Joan. First of all, for those of us who do not understand very much about finance, can you explain to us exactly what your job entails?

We are a multinational group with more than 100 companies. As we are a listed group, we are subject to very exacting information disclosures from both the outside (regulators and shareholders) and the inside (senior management). At the Consolidation Department we ensure that the economic and financial information reported by our subsidiaries fall in line with the group’s regulations. This information is processed to show the group’s results and global assets.

  • You have worked for the group for over 15 years, during which time it has changed. Has your job also changed? If so, which changes have you noticed the most?

I have held a number of posts in the group, from internal auditor, through to controller and finally as the Head of Consolidation. I have grown both personally and professionally, and at the same time I have seen the company grow from a small family business to a much more polished organisation.

  • Your project “We Swim like Dolphins” was one of this year’s winners of Fluidra Day. Can you tell us a bit more about it?

At the Guttmann Institute they do water therapy for children with serious illnesses and health problems that affect their physical development, their relationships with their peers and their independence. This therapy improves their self-esteem and confidence, and inspires them to make progress every day. The project is already underway but needs investment to train experts in order to increase the number of patients and to make it possible for parents to take part in some of the water therapy sessions.

  • The panel of judges based its decision on three criteria: the project’s relevance to water, its work with children and the personal involvement of the person who submitted it. The first two points are clear. Can you tell us about your involvement with the Guttmann Institute?

I went to the Guttmann Institute for five months to undergo rehabilitation following a spinal injury. I know the people who work there and that they do a great job with both adults and children.

  • What did you learn from your experience?

Personally, I learnt that there are barriers that can be overcome, no matter how high they may seem! It just takes a little effort and help to attain milestones.

 

 
Personal portrait

A colour: navy blue.

A place for getting away from it all: L’Escala and Sant Martí d’Empúries (Costa Brava).

A book or a film: The Shadow of the Wind and Braveheart.

I could not live without: My three treasures who are my children.

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