Nazia Raoof

Nazia Raoof

Managing Director Financial Services Chicago

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With a strong creative streak and a passion for finding innovative solutions to business problems, Nazia delivers technology strategies that have a tangible and positive impact on business results. She led digital transformation strategies that helped a bank avoid $5 million in expenses and enable business recovery during the pandemic. She also guided multiple M&A technology migrations, as well as people, process, and technology initiatives for a client profitability program that produced $33 million in revenue.

Her work has contributed to measurable improvements in operational efficiency, increases in assets under management, and business growth in a highly regulated industry. 

Her experience has instilled a keen recognition of the need for strong alignment between technology organizations and the business—so she has worked to foster that, creating new ways of communicating to increase transparency, collaboration, and recognition of successes. For a global bank, she enabled a 20-times improvement in the business/technology relationship in the first year and 10%+ yearly improvements in subsequent years, based on an annual survey.

Before joining West Monroe, she was director of technology for Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce/The PrivateBank. She previously held program management roles with Northern Trust and Neuberger Berman/Lehman Brothers. She earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Loyola University and pursued a master’s degree from Northwestern University to focus on business and technology. She also recently received a certification from the SIM Regional Leadership Forum.

What makes Nazia different

She began traveling solo at 15 to destinations such as Singapore, Tokyo, and Italy, which have enabled her diversity of thought and being a conscious leader. In addition to traveling, she enjoys stand-up comedy, improv classes at Second City Works, and Jeep networking events.

Where Nazia makes an impact

An avid mentor and career coach, Nazia has provided guidance to college students, colleagues, small business entrepreneurs, and community organizations such as i.c.stars for many years. She has also been a philanthropy strategist and board member for the Society for Information Management (SIM) Chicago Chapter since 2019.

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