A member of the WEX team since 2014, Nicola leads the corporate development team and is responsible for corporate strategy, M&A, marketing, and new business ventures, including our businesses in Latin America and Australia.
Prior to joining WEX, Nicola worked at Verizon Communications, where she was focused on new business opportunities, identifying M&A targets and creating communications related to Verizon’s growth strategy. Nicola has also previously worked at Digex, Iridium and for the U.S. government.
Nicola currently serves as a trustee on the Portland Symphony Orchestra board and as a director on the Center for Grieving Children’s board. She received bachelor’s degrees in economics and Chinese language from Wellesley College and a master’s in international affairs from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
What professional accomplishments are you most proud of?
When I joined WEX, there were some really great projects going on, but it was hard to make heads or tails of how they fit into our overall story. What was missing was a framework that enabled the entire staff to think about the “what’s next” of our business; to get us thinking past the next two years and truly into the future, five years and beyond.
It feels great to say that now, 78 percent of our employees say they totally understood the framework and where they fit in—that’s an incredible percentage of folks who understand and are on board with our mission.
What gets you excited about what you’re doing?
I’m a little bit of a geek deep down inside (or maybe not so deep down). I love the changes that technology, business models and demographics are bringing about and how those factors will impact our lives. I see huge opportunities and big threats on the horizon for us as a company. And for me, opportunities and threats are two sides of the same coin; it just depends what you do with them.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Be more confident.
How do you foster creative and innovative thinking?
As much as possible, give people the time and motivation to be creative. Try not to say no.