Most Powerful Women in Finance: Maria Hackley, Citigroup
Global Head, Industrials
Among the industries Maria Hackley advises in her role as a managing director in Citigroup's Banking, Capital Markets and Advisory group are two that have come under enormous strain during the coronavirus outbreak: airlines and automobiles.
The pandemic forced her team to reevaluate the needs of clients and come up with new ways to support them on issues of liquidity, capital and supplier finance. In addition, through the creative use of remotely enabled technology and electronic meeting platforms such as Zoom, she ensured that her team was able to continue to provide expert advice and service to clients.
"Post-COVID-19, it has become clear that humans can quickly pivot in times of crisis when provided with clear leadership," said Hackley, who is on the executive and operating committees for Citi's Banking, Capital Markets and Advisory division.
In addition to her daily management duties, Hackley teaches a class — drawing on her years of experience in finance — in which she trains Citi bankers to be more impactful when advising clients. "One of my favorite aspects of the job is speaking with our junior talent internationally," she said. "It is critical to invest, mentor and sponsor these individuals."
Hackley has been named to the exclusive list of Top 100 Most Influential Latinas of 2020 by Latino Leaders magazine, in recognition of her accomplishments at Citi and her involvement with socially responsible causes and charitable organizations. She is also on the board of Breakthrough New York, a nonprofit that aims to transform the lives of high-achieving, low-income students. As a co-chair of the organization's 2019 gala, she helped raise more than $925,000, and while COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the event this year, Hackley was still able to help raise more than $750,000.