Rosa Ramos-Kwok: Accomplished. Authentic. Ambitious.

Author:Penhollow, Steve

BEFORE ANYONE HAD coined the phrase "cloud service," Miguel Gamino Jr. created a cloud service.

Rosa joined Bank of America in February 2014 as the Global Wholesale Bank Chief Technology Officer. Prior to joining the bank, she was the Morgan Stanley Global head of Enterprise Production Management as well as the Americas regional head of Enterprise Infrastructure. Rosa had a 25+ year tenure at Morgan Stanley joining as a trainee and rising through the ranks to become Managing Director. She held roles in Application Development, Infrastructure Management, Risk Management and Production Management. Rosa was also the Chair of the Latino Employee Network. Rosa has been featured in several publications including Latina Style Magazine and Diversity and Careers Magazine, was recognized as a Trendsetter by Latin Trends magazine, and Hispanic Engineer and IT Magazine recently named Rosa as one of the top Latinas in Information Technology. In 2017, Rosa has been recognized in Fortune among the 50 most powerful Latinas in corporate America, a list compiled by the Association of Latino Professionals (ALPFA), and she ranks eighth among Business Insider's 43 most powerful female engineers for the year. She was recognized as a great mind in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) by the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC) organization, was recognized by the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) as one of the top 100 U.S. based Latinos in Technology (2013, 2014, and 2015) and is a HITEC board member. Rosa is also a Senior Leadership Council member of the NY Chapter of the ALPFA and a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE).

How did you arrive to your current position?

I joined Bank of America three years ago as the Chief Technology Officer for the Global Wholesale Bank after more than 25 years at Morgan Stanley. After two years at Bank of America, I had the opportunity to join Retail, Preferred and Small Business and GWIM Technology, leading the Consumer and Shared Services Operations Technology organization.

I studied liberal arts in college and was drawn to Technology to help automate business processes and make the workplace more efficient. I learned to code in the Morgan Stanley technology training program.

What was given to you in terms of advice or mentorship that pushed you to where you are today?

A few points--first, always be your authentic self. Remember to leverage your strengths just...

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