Yvonne Garcia relates how her childhood
fascination with sales led her to a career in
the financial industry.
By Gloria Romano-Barrera
The talented, dedicated and passionate New Yorker with Dominican
and Lebanese roots loved everything about sales from a young
age. From book sales in front of her home at the age of seven to
role-playing as a bank teller, Garcia knew she had an apt for business.
“Whether it was selling my sister and brother’s belongings or observing
bank teller transactions at our local branch, I realized how much I was
intrigued by the transaction of currency and exchange of products and
services,” she recalls.
From bank teller to Chief of Staff to State Street Chairman and CEO, Ron
O’Hanley, Garcia’s ascent is still evident.
In this role, she acts as an adviser and point of triage to O’Hanley
and his senior management team for all employee, client, regulatory, and
investor-related initiatives. She assesses inquiries directed to the CEO, and
provides oversight, management and guidance for each. She also
drives strategic executive-level client engagement with clear and targeted
messaging. Beyond her responsibilities as Chief of Staff to O’Hanley, she is
also the head of employee communications globally, spanning more than
39,000 employees in over 26 countries. She is responsible for driving unified
and seamless internal communications of key strategic priorities, and for
ensuring the voice of the CEO is clearly communicated and, as appropriate,
cascaded to all levels of the organization.
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