Business Administration Executive
Alison Summerville was named business administration executive of Ally Financial Inc. in June 2015. In this role, she is responsible for liaising with business and functional leads on behalf of the CEO’s office on enterprise-wide business initiatives. This includes managing and implementing executive leadership routines and seeking organizational efficiencies that advance Ally’s strategic objectives. She also oversees the company’s corporate workplace team, which manages Ally’s facilities and related services. Additionally, Summerville leads Ally’s corporate citizenship and community relations efforts, and serves as board chair for the Ally Charitable Foundation, which launched in 2020 to deploy grants that support economic mobility in the communities Ally serves.
Most recently, she served as executive director of CFO business support, overseeing governance routines, budget and expense planning for the Finance and Treasury functions, as well as acting as business lead for employee engagement initiatives. Summerville joined Ally in 2009, as chief administrative officer for the company’s Treasury function.
Prior to joining Ally, she spent nearly nine years at Bank of America, most recently as the company’s Treasury business support executive. During her tenure at Bank of America, she also served in balance sheet management, compliance and corporate research roles. Summerville holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Her extensive community involvement includes serving as board chair for Habitat for Humanity Charlotte Region and on the Investment Advisory Committee for the Charlotte Housing Opportunity Investment Fund. She is also chairman emeritus for the Charlotte Wine and Food Weekend, which contributes to charitable organizations that benefit children and their families in the Charlotte community. Additionally, she serves on the board of trustees for the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance, which pursues business growth in the Charlotte region, and on the board of advisors for Sharon Towers, a continuing care retirement community. In 2021, she was recognized with the Charlotte Business Journal’s Women in Business Achievement Award for making a mark in her career and her community. She’s also been named one of the Most Influential Women in Mecklenburg County and is a recipient of Career Mastered magazine’s Leadership in Action Award.