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Beth Bombara '89: Regard for colleagues drives passion
Name a leadership role in accounting or finance and Beth Bombara ’89 has done it. A certified public accountant, she has been a manager or partner at two of the nation’s premiere public accounting firms.
Now the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Hartford, Bombara is responsible for finance, treasury, capital, accounting, and investor relations. She has served in a wide range of positions there since 2004.
Bombara has been the company’s controller; ensured compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act; managed the corporate accounting, accounting policy, and Wealth Management finance functions; and led the company’s finance transformation program.
Bombara’s passion for her work is driven by her high regard for colleagues. “It’s all about the team that works together to get to an outcome,” she says. “For me it’s all about the ‘how’– not just the ‘what.’”
She believes every leader has the responsibility to guide and influence the next generation of leaders by serving as a mentor and role model.
“When we think about why we’re successful and what we’ve achieved, it’s been because people have been there to help us. I think I have a responsibility to help the next group of leaders as they are coming up and to extend a hand to them.”
Bombara credits her parents with inspiring her to work hard and forge her own path to success and influence.
“They have been there for me since day one – in my successes and in my greatest challenges,” she explains. “They created the person that I am today. What they taught me, I’ve used throughout my whole career.”