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Chief Financial Officer
The company’s first female chief financial officer, Christa Davies is responsible for helping Aon’s president and chief executive officer drive strategic business decisions and working with the heads of Aon’s global business units to improve the quality and effectiveness of financial management information and compliance. Formerly the CFO of Microsoft Corp.’s platform and services division, Ms. Davies managed three publicly reported segments of business with annual revenues of $28.6 billion during fiscal year 2007. She also has held positions at Rolls-Royce Group P.L.C. and McKinsey & Co.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE INDUSTRY: "I joined Aon a little over a year ago. I was the CFO for the platforms and services division at Microsoft. I really joined Aon because I thought it was a terrific firm, amazingly well-positioned in the industry, and really leading the industry in terms of risk management. I think the management team here, led by Greg Case, is amazing, and I thought I would learn a lot working with that caliber of team."
THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED: "In taking on roles, focus on who you work for and with, rather than what the role is itself. What I’ve observed is working with great people allows you to learn a lot more and that is how I have managed my career."
ADVICE FOR THOSE STARTING IN THE INDUSTRY: "Surround yourself with great people. I think from great people come great opportunities. Great people tend to work at great firms. If you are surrounded by people you can learn a lot from and you focus on learning and the impact you can personally have on the firm, then I think you’ll maximize your career opportunities."
WHAT YOU WANTED TO BE PROFESSIONALLY WHILE GROWING UP: "I did not know what I wanted to do while growing up, and I’ve changed professions quite a few times. I did a degree as an aerospace engineer and at one stage wanted to go work for NASA. I’ve worked in management consulting. I worked in technology for a very long time with Microsoft, having run a sales team and being a CFO and running a product development team. I’ve done lots of different things. I’ve never quite known what I wanted to be, but I’ve loved being a CFO and I can imagine…being that for a very a long…time."
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