Citigroup exec. among top ‘powerful women’ to be Winthrop’s commencement speaker

rsouthmayd@heraldonline.comFebruary 28, 2014 

Cecelia “Cece” Stewart

Winthrop University announced Friday the speaker for its May 10 undergraduate commencement will be Cecelia “Cece” Stewart, a 1993 Winthrop graduate and current president of U.S. consumer and commercial banking at Citigroup.

“I am thrilled to be celebrating this important accomplishment with the graduates on this very special day in their lives,” Stewart said in a prepared statement.

In 2013, Stewart was named one of the Top 10 Women on Wall Street by the New York Times and was named the 7th Most Powerful Woman in banking by American Banker Magazine. In both 2006 and 2007, Fortune Magazine placed Stewart on its “Top 50 Women in Business” lists, according to a news release from the university.

“Cece Stewart is a consummate professional who is a dedicated and energetic leader. As someone who has broken through the glass ceiling to rise to the top of the predominately male field of banking, Cece is a wonderful role model for our Winthrop seniors who will hear her words of advice before they depart this university and set out on their own paths,” Winthrop president Jayne Marie Comstock said in the release. “She is a stellar example of how Winthrop is dedicated to producing graduates that are prepared for successful careers, engaged in our democratic society, responsive to local and global concerns, and grounded in values that give meaning to their lives.”

Stewart earned both her bachelor’s degree and her Executive MBA from Winthrop. In addition to establishing an endowed scholarship for business majors, she also serves as a member of the Winthrop Foundation Board.

Rachel Southmayd •  803-329-4072

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