Olivia Polius, PATH’s chief financial officer and vice president of Finance, Technology, and Infrastructure, has been named one of the region’s 2018 top finance chiefs by the Puget Sound Business Journal.
Polius will accept the award at a luncheon on March 15 and be featured in a CFO of the Year special section in the March 16 edition of the Journal.
Overseeing a complex financial ecosystem for Seattle-based global health leader
PATH is a complex, matrixed global health organization with more than 1,600 employees in 20 countries, and the Finance department—with Polius at the helm—is the nexus. She leads an international team that conducts business in dozens of fluctuating currencies while adhering to labor and commerce practices in countries on every continent but Antarctica.
In her role as vice president of Finance, Technology, and Infrastructure, Polius is also responsible for maximizing employees’ safety in dangerous environments; advancing the use of next-generation business technology, data, and analytics; monitoring the ever-increasing risk of cyber threats; overseeing global real estate lease agreements for offices around the world; and more.
For the past two and a half years, Polius has led PATH’s largest multi-year initiative: the design and implementation of a new, cloud-based financial platform. When it rolls out later this year, the system will launch an era of improved efficiency and effectiveness—and expand PATH’s capacity to save lives and improve health equity around the globe.
Before she joined PATH in 2013, Polius was director of Global Program Services at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to that, she held senior financial leadership positions in technology companies in the private sector.
PATH is the leader in global health innovation. An international nonprofit organization, PATH saves lives and improves health, especially among women and children. PATH accelerates innovation across five platforms—vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system and service innovations—that harness our entrepreneurial insight, scientific and public health expertise, and passion for health equity. By mobilizing partners around the world, PATH takes innovation to scale, working alongside countries primarily in Africa and Asia to tackle their greatest health needs. With these key partners, PATH delivers measurable results that disrupt the cycle of poor health. Learn more at www.path.org.
Posted on March 12, 2018.