Catching up with the Callenbachs

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Kaaren, Paula, and Carl Callenbach were born and raised in Lower Templestowe, Melbourne. The three siblings graduated from Monash in the 1990s and based themselves around the world. Now all in their 40s, Kaaren currently lives in London, Paula in Los Angeles, and Carl has returned to Melbourne.

Kaaren Callenbach (BBus(Bkg&Fin) 1993)

“I’m a director working in equity derivatives sales at Commerzbank, a large German bank. I’ve been fortunate enough to work for some of the best global investment banks, including JPMorgan, Credit Suisse and Dresdner Kleinwort.

“Despite living so far apart, we are a close family – we text and chat a lot online.

“After graduating from Monash in 1993 with a Bachelor of Business, Banking and Finance, degree, I moved to London to get some work experience, and I’m still here!

“London is a vibrant city with lots of opportunities. I love its proximity to the rest of the world. But I do miss Melbourne’s outdoor lifestyle and the friendliness of the people.”

Paula Callenbach-Connolly (BBus(Mktg) 1991)

“I graduated from Monash in 1991 with a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Marketing.

“I have lived all over the US. I first moved to North Carolina in 1999 as head of Brand Marketing for North America for Ericsson, the telecommunications company. I also lived in Seattle and New York City, before moving to LA for my husband’s work. LA is a wonderfully cosmopolitan city with a great,
casual lifestyle.

"The warm weather means we can play outside with our daughter (10) and son (5) year ‘round. The only drawback is the traffic. And I do miss friends and family in Melbourne.

“Two years ago I started my own business – Serene Sleep Science. I love what I do – I help people get their lives back – and the job flexibility works well for my family.”

Carl Callenbach (BA 1995, LLB 1995)

“I’ve worked for Ernst & Young (E&Y), one of the world’s largest professional services firms, ever since I graduated from Monash.

“I’ve worked in E&Y offices in Asia and the US, but I returned to Melbourne as it’s a fantastic city in which to raise a family. My wife and I have a son (4) and a daughter (2).

“At E&Y I’m a partner and lead the transaction tax team. We assist clients in dealing with tax considerations with respect to undertaking transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, IPOs [initial public offerings] and divestments.

“I enjoy building professional relationships with clients and working with them to achieve their commercial outcomes.”

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