Fortune 100 | episode 362

Kimberly Johnson, COO of Fannie Mae

October 08, 2018
  • Kim’s purview as the Chief Operating Officer of Fannie Mae, which includes overseeing the companies’ technology, operations, innovation, data, and strategic execution.
  • Fannie Mae’s innovation days and hackathons, which are designed to inspire innovation throughout the company.
  • The Digital Operating Model that Fannie Mae has implemented to strengthen collaboration between the business owners, product managers, and technologists.
  • The importance of digitizing data to help gather new insights and increase operational performance.
  • Fannie Mae’s shift in focus to winning for everyone, rather than for just FannieMae by generating more accessibility to homeownership, creating better living communities, and ensuring that the entire ecosystem is functioning better.
  • How Kimberly’s time in the CRO role prepared her for the COO role, and the similarities between risk and innovation.
  • Why the pipeline for women’s involvement in cybersecurity must be built at every stage along the way, as opposed to hiring as many women as possible out of college and hoping for a better future in twenty years.
  • An eye on the trends: Green financing.

Kimberly is the Chief Operating Officer of Fannie Mae, a Fortune 25 company with revenues exceeding $112 billion. As COO, Kimberly is responsible for overseeing the company’s technology, operations, innovation, data, and strategic execution functions. Previously, Kimberly held a variety of roles in her twelve years with the company, including Chief Risk Officer and Chief Credit Officer.

Prior to Fannie Mae, Kimberly was the Director of Fixed Income Sales at the Investment Bank, Credit Suisse. Before Credit Suisse, Kimberly was an equity trader at D.E Shaw & Co.

Kimberly received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Princeton University, and an MBA in Finance and Economics from Columbia Business School.

Kimberly serves as a Director on the Board at Calvert Impact Capital.


The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview

  • 01 1- People
  • 02 2- Infrastructure
  • 03 3- Project and Portfolio Management
  • 04 4- IT & Business Partnership
  • 05 5- External Partnerships

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