McKenna’s Gold: The woman who raised the standard for standards

This year’s inductee into the Inside Market Data Hall of Fame is Karla McKenna, a 35-year Citi veteran and standards advocate who is now Americas managing director of LEI standards body Gleif.


When you have 40 years of experience in banking, you tend to get asked for advice. Karla McKenna’s advice is carpe diem—seize the day—and control your own destiny. “I always advise people that no matter how strong the institution or the opportunities, you’re in charge of your own career, and you need to manage it,” she says. “I changed roles five or six times at Citi—often by identifying something that the firm needed, then writing a brief and presenting it to my managers.”

Yet when it came to

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