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USAA Chief Strategy Officer Ameesh Vakharia

Vakharia Joins USAA as EVP and Chief Strategy Officer

Ameesh Vakharia recently joined USAA as executive vice president and chief strategy officer, reporting to Wayne Peacock, USAA chief executive officer. Vakharia is charged with helping strengthen the association’s strategic capabilities and positioning it for a strong second century of serving the financial needs of the military.

Vakharia joins USAA after a 10-year tenure with Truist Bank where he held strategy, product management and omnichannel leadership roles and served on the bank’s operating council. Most recently, Vakharia served as executive vice president of retail strategy, products and omnichannel experiences where he oversaw retail strategy and transformation.

Prior to Truist, Vakharia was an associate principal at McKinsey & Company where he was a leader in the North American financial service practice advising senior executives on key issues within strategy, sales/distribution, operation and corporate finance. In addition, Vakharia has served as a board member of the Bank Administration Institute since 2017.

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