Andrea B. Smith Named Queens' 2016 BusinessWoman of the Year
Queens University of Charlotte is pleased to present the 2016 Charlotte BusinessWoman of the Year award to Andrea B. Smith, chief administrative officer for Bank of America and a member of their executive management team.
Smith becomes the 32nd woman to be honored with the Charlotte BusinessWoman of the Year award for significant, sustained contributions to business and the community. The award celebrates the achievements of exceptional women professionals who exhibit leadership as defined by the values of the McColl School of Business at Queens – competence, character and commitment to the community.
With nearly 30 years of experience at Bank of America, Smith oversees several critical functions that support the strategic and operational foundation for the company. As CAO, she is responsible for Global Corporate Strategy, which helps guide the company’s efforts to serve customers and clients. She also leads a key part of the company’s customer-focused strategy, managing the Market Presidents and Enterprise Business & Community Engagement, which includes oversight of nearly 100 U.S. markets.
Smith is responsible for the Comprehensive Capital and Review (CCAR) and Global Resolution and Recovery Planning, and she also leads major operational functions including real estate, procurement and vendor management including a supplier diversity program that is recognized as one of the best in the country spending more than $2 billion each year with women and minority-owned businesses. Prior to her role as CAO, she was the head of Global HR responsible for more than 200,000 employees around the world.
Smith demonstrates her commitment to community in volunteer leadership roles with various organizations. She serves on the board of directors of Charlotte Ballet, Charlotte Sports Foundation, and the board of trustees for Discovery Place. She is also the chairman of the Charlotte Chamber for 2017.
“As the nation’s second largest banking hub, Charlotte is fortunate to have a leader like Andrea in our community,” said Queens President Pamela Davies. “Her strong business acumen coupled with her commitment to service demonstrate that she embodies the spirit of the award.”
Previous winners include Debra Plousha Moore, chief human resources officer and executive vice president of Carolinas HealthCare System; Susan Devore, president and chief executive officer of Premier, Inc.; Lynn Good, president and chief executive officer of Duke Energy; Laura Schulte, president of Wells Fargo’s Eastern Community Bank (retired); and Ann Caulkins, Charlotte Observer publisher.
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