Vice President, Corporate Communications
As Vice President, Corporate Communications, Nancy Bramm wears many hats at CIBC. From drafting communications on behalf of the CEO to the Annual Report, she and her team ensure a clear focus and shared vision across our bank. A leader and innovator, Bramm enjoys the agile mindset needed for getting things done. “There’s never a dull moment in my role,” Bramm says. “One day I could be working on a speech for an upcoming event. Another day I could be researching block chain technology for an article about CIBC’s latest innovation. The next I could be developing a communication plan or managing a media inquiry. I like that every day can look very different.”
With 17 years of service at CIBC, Bramm has held various leadership roles at the bank — within Communications and Public Affairs, Retail Distribution and Channel Strategy and Commercial Banking. And while she’s responsible for communicating CIBC’s strategic priorities to our 43,000 team members and key stakeholders, she remains a champion and advocate in the Diversity and Inclusion space.
“Currently I’m Executive Sponsor of the CIBC Pride Network — one of 9 employee-based affinity networks within CIBC. I was also one of the founding members and Chair of the CIBC Women’s Network for many years,” she adds. “As a woman, a gay woman and a single mom, inclusion is very important to me. It’s important for each and every one of us to know we have a community around us that supports and encourages us, challenges us and helps us bring a unique client lens to everything we do.”
Diversity leads to new ideas and new ways to forge relationships with our clients and teams. “People perform at their best when they’re encouraged to be authentic and aren’t expending calories trying to be anyone but themselves,” says Bramm. “Diversity strengthens us as a bank, full stop. We make better decisions when we’re part of a diverse team that best reflects our clients and communities.”
In 2015, Bramm received the Leaders to Be Proud Of Award by Start Proud in the Professional Leadership Category for her strong track record of leadership and professional excellence.
In her years at CIBC, Bramm has learned many valuable lessons. “Careers are not linear,” she says. “Don’t just think about your next promotion. Think about roles that challenge you — even scare you — where you can further develop and hone your skill sets,” she continues. “Each role in my past has taught me incredibly valuable lessons that I use to this day.”