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Anita Sands


  • Location: New York, NY, United States
  • Organization: UBS

Career Profile
Anita Sands is Group Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer of UBS Wealth Management Americas and is responsible for technology, operations and corporate real estate and shared services, along with designing and executing the organization’s transformational strategy. Previously, she was Managing Director, Head of Transformational Management for Global Operations and Technology at Citigroup. Before moving to the US, Anita was at the Royal Bank of Canada, where in 2007, she was appointed as the youngest ever Senior Vice President in the history of the company serving as Head of Innovation and Process design.

Her educational background includes a Ph.D. in Atomic and Molecular Physics and a First Class Honors degree in Physics and Applied Mathematics from Queen's University of Belfast. She attended Carnegie Mellon University where as a Fulbright Scholar she graduated with highest distinction with a Masters in Public Policy and Management.

In 2008, Anita was 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. Recently Anita was named as one of ""The TEN to Watch' by Registered Rep for 2012.

In 2009 and 2011, she was invited by the Irish Prime Minister to attend the Global Irish Economic Forum, which brought together 200 global Irish business leaders to help contribute to Ireland’s economic recovery. Anita was also honored as one of the most influential women of 2011, and one of the top 40 under 40 in the Irish American community. She also serves as an advisor to the Irish government on trade related matters.

Anita is an active advocate for the advancement of women and is a member of the International Women's Forum and a previous board member of Women in Capital Markets. She also serves as the executive sponsor for UBS's Women's Employee Network and is a frequent speaker on this topic.

As a coveted speaker Anita has been invited to present at major technology and financial services events such as Dreamforce 2011 in San Francisco and The Securities Industry Institute 2012 held at the Wharton School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Anita has been involved in numerous non-profit boards and is a graduate of the London School of Music, and a former all-Ireland public speaking champion."
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