Bank of America exec named 2016 Charlotte BusinessWoman of the Year

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Bank of America’s Chief Administrative Officer Andrea Smith has been named the 2016 Charlotte BusinessWoman of the Year.

Queens University of Charlotte presents the award annually to women who “exhibit leadership as defined by the values of the McColl School of Business at Queens – competence, character and commitment to the community,” the university said in a statement Thursday.

Smith is the 32nd recipient of the award. Last year’s winner was Debra Plousha Moore, chief human resources officer and executive vice president of Carolinas HealthCare System.

Plousha Moore will present the award at a luncheon at Queens on March 8.

Smith has been with Charlotte-based Bank of America for over three decades. In her current role, she oversees functions that support the company’s “strategic and operational foundation,” including global corporate strategy and customer-focused strategy. Smith previously was the bank’s head of global human resources.

Smith is also the incoming chairwoman of the Charlotte Chamber. At the Chamber’s annual meeting last month, Smith and other business leaders emphasized inclusion as a theme they will be focusing on in 2017.

Smith also is on the board of directors of Charlotte Ballet, Charlotte Sports Foundation, and the board of trustees for Discovery Place.

“Charlotte is fortunate to have many committed, talented women leaders, and I look forward to continue to work with them to invest in and strengthen our city for all,” Smith said.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta