Victoria D. Harker was appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Gannett Co. Inc. in July 2012, where she is responsible for all financial functions and operations worldwide.
Previously, Victoria was CFO and President of Global Business Services of the AES Corporation, a multinational power company with consolidated 2011 revenues of $17 billion and assets of $45 billion operating in 28 countries. She joined AES in 2006 where she successfully led the re-engineering of the company’s capital structure, financial reporting, and controls environment, returning it to Fortune #153 in 2008. While at AES, Victoria managed the Finance and Business Services operations worldwide, including Information Technology, Purchasing, Risk Oversight and Trading Operations.
Before joining AES, Victoria was the acting CFO and Treasurer of MCI from November 2002 through January 2006, and served as CFO of MCI Group, a unit of World Com Inc., from 1998 to 2002. Prior to this, Victoria also held several positions at MCI in Finance, Information Technology and Operations.
In addition, Victoria serves on the Board of Directors of Xylem, Inc. (formally ITT), a $4 billion global water infrastructure company, as Chair of the Audit Committee as well as a member of the Nominating, Governance and Compensation Committees. She also is a member of the board of directors for Huntington Ingalls Industries.
Previously, Victoria served on the Advisory Boards of three AES subsidiary companies: Indianapolis Power & Light, $1.3B and Dayton Power and Light $4B, two midwest energy companies, and Gener S.A., a $3B co-generation business, currently the second largest energy producer in Chile.
On July 3, 2012, Victoria was appointed by Governor Robert F. McDonnell to the University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors. Previously, she was Chairman of the University of Virginia’s Board of Managers and served as both Investment and Audit Committee Chair. She is trustee of the UVA Foundation’s $250M Jefferson Trust. Victoria participates in the American University Advisory Council, is a member of The Economic Club of Washington, D.C., and an emeritus member of the Board of Wolftrap Foundation for the Performing Arts.
Victoria received her Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in English, with a concentration in Economics, from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance, from American University in Washington, DC. A two-time ironman triathlete, marathon runner and long distance swimmer, she lives in McLean, Virginia with her husband and three sons.