Suzanne Janse van Rensburg
Managing Director, Global Technology Executive at Bank of America
How did you get into the tech space?
I studied Business at university, but had always been interested in technology and thought about ways I could ultimately combine the two fields.
I was delighted to secure a role at Bank of America and have worked here for a number of years across various roles. In 2018, a colleague recommended me for the role of Chief Operating Officer, Technology & Operations, EMEA. Two and half years later, I am still very much enjoying the role and I am excited to say it has recently been expanded to include COO for Global Markets Operations Technology. The growth opportunities in technology are boundless!
What is it like being a woman working in technology?
I find it hugely rewarding and enjoyable. Technology is a fast-paced dynamic environment and a truly great space to learn and develop new skills in a variety of roles.
Who is your visible female role model?
The greatest female role model in my life is my grandmother, an amazing lady, extremely hard-working, and a strong woman who cared about people, the community, and the environment. She taught me to be resilient and that strength and growth come through continuous effort and determination.
Did you have a mentor when you started your career journey? How important was this, what impact did this have?
Yes. Throughout my career I have been lucky to have a number of mentors and sponsors, their feedback and guidance continue to have a positive impact on my career. I pay this forward by ensuring I carve out time in my schedule for people in the same way people do for me.
What one piece of advice would you give to your younger self?
The advice I would give my younger self is that in every challenge lies an opportunity to learn and grow, so face them head-on because you will look back on them and smile.