Anita Sands Profile
Dr. Anita M. Sands is a global technology and business leader, public speaker, and advocate for the advancement of women. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of two public companies – Symantec Corporation, the world's leader in computer security, a Fortune 500 company; and Service Now, the enterprise IT cloud company.
Her career to date in Financial Services saw her being appointed as the youngest ever Senior Vice President at the Royal Bank of Canada, where she served as the Head of Innovation and Process Design. At Citigroup, as Managing Director and Head of Transformational Management, she helped transform their $20B global operations and technology organization. She joined UBS Wealth Management Americas at age 33, as the Chief Operating Officer, where she was responsible for over three thousand technology, operations and corporate services professionals. Then as Group Managing Director and Head of Change Leadership, she lead the development and execution the organization's transformational strategy, through the introduction of innovative processes and industry leading technology platforms.
Anita holds a Ph.D. in Atomic and Molecular Physics and a First Class Honors degree in Physics and Applied Mathematics from Queen's University Belfast. She was a Fulbright and O'Reilly Foundation Scholar at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where she graduated with highest distinction with a Masters in Public Policy and Management. She was then awarded a research fellowship from the Sloan Foundation and served as Executive Director of Carnegie Mellon's Software Industry Centre, and as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Munk Center for International Studies at the University of Toronto.
Anita has been named one of the "Elite 8" by Bank Systems and Technology, an award recognizing the eight most innovative executives in the North American financial services industry and as one of "The TEN to Watch for 2012" by Registered Rep, a leading finance publication. In 2011, 2012, Anita was named to the Irish American "Top Forty Under Forty", and "Woman of Influence" lists and has been a three time honoree among the "Wall Street 50", which recognizes the best and brightest Irish and Irish-American leaders. Most recently, she was recognized as the "Graduate of the Year" by her Alma Mater, Queens University Belfast.
On three occasions, Anita has been invited by the Irish Prime Minister to participate in the Global Irish Economic forum, a gathering of the most influential members of the global Irish Diaspora and the Irish Cabinet to formulate approaches to Ireland's economic recovery. She is also a member of Enterprise Ireland's Financial Services Advisory Board, which aids Irish start-up companies seeking to expand into international markets and of the Dean's Advisory Council of Heinz College, at Carnegie Mellon University. She is a former board member of the Ireland Fund of Canada, The Ireland Canada Chamber of Commerce, and Ireland Park Foundation.
Her career has been further distinguished by a commitment to the advancement of women, a topic she speaks on regularly. She is a member of the International Women's Forum, a mentor for W.O.M.E.N. in America, a member of the advisory committee for the Women Inspiration & Enterprise Network, and has been an attendee at the Fortune Most Powerful Women's Summit. In 2012, the international humanitarian organization, Concern Worldwide honored Anita with their Women of Concern award, for her leadership, contribution to public service, and efforts to empower women throughout the world.
Anita holds a diploma in piano from the London School of Music, has travelled to all seven continents, most recently Antarctica, and is a former all-Ireland public speaking champion. She is a frequent commentator on digital transformation and women's leadership.