Most Powerful Women in Banking: No. 20, KeyCorp's Amy Brady
Chief Information Officer, and Technology and Operations Executive, KeyCorp
The only reason Amy Brady even considered a career as a chief information officer was because of the suggestion of one of her early mentors.
After graduating from college with degrees in music and psychology, Brady accepted a job at NCNB, a predecessor to Bank of America, in a training program for retail and commercial bankers. Over the course of more than a decade, Brady climbed the ranks on the business side of the company.
When she was hired to work in BofA’s technology division, in 2004, she thought it would just be for a short stint, as it wasn’t her primary area of training. But two years into the role, her boss at the time, Marc Gordon, turned to her to say he was impressed with her performance.
“You could be a CIO,” said Gordon, who is now the CIO at American Express.
The simple vote of confidence helped crystalize for Brady where she wanted to take the rest of her career.
“There’s always something about the outside perspective of a mentor who can point out possibilities that aren’t always apparent to others or to you,” Brady said.
Years later, Brady is now the top technology executive at KeyCorp, where she has won praise for leading its integration with First Niagara following the July 2016 acquisition.
Developing a more innovative culture at Key has been a big priority for Brady over the past year. The Cleveland-based company, for instance, recently held its first Innovation Day, during which employees were encouraged to submit ideas for process improvements.
Brady has also established a Digital Business Automation Center of Excellence, a group responsible for automating manual processes, with the goal of making Key more efficient over time.