Woman to Watch: Tracey Travis


Occupation: Senior VP of Finance and CFO at Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation (since 2005)
Education: University of Pittsburgh – BS, Engineering, Columbia University – MBA, Finance and Operations Management

Career Journey: Before becoming CFO at Polo Ralph Lauren, Tracey had held senior finance positions at Limited Brands, finance and technology roles at American National Can, and various management positions at Pepsi-Cola/Pepsi Bottling. Prior to getting her MBA she also worked as an engineer at General Motors and returned to GM after finishing business school.

Bringing In the Dough: Forbes shows her 2010 compensation package to be over $2.1 million.

Boards: Jo-Ann Stores Inc., the Lincoln Center Theater, the Women’s Forum of New York, Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention, Ralph Lauren Foundation.

Member of:
Financial Executives International, the National Association of Corporate Directors, the New York Women’s Forum, and the Executive Leadership Council.

Awards and Recognition:
Top 25 Women in Finance (Treasury & Risk Management magazine), Top 50 Women in Business (Black Enterprise), Best CFO award (Institutional Investor), Top 100 African Americans in Corporate America (Black Enterprise), Distinguished Alumni Award (University of Pittsburgh).

Recent News: Appointed to the University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees (her alma mater).

Fun Quotable:
When Forbes magazine asked her about travel tips and what she looks for in a hotel when she travels she said, “I typically order room service and work while eating, so good food, good working space in the room and an Internet connection are important. (Hate to admit it, but the toiletries make a real impression as well.)” Forbes

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