Pouraghabagher is an accomplished, collegial, and networked leader with a diverse professional background serving shareholders, customers, and professional staff in public global organizations, privately held technology companies, public accounting, and higher education. She is a former CFO and COO for a $2B insurance division of Bank of America, as well as former CAO of QBE North America, a $6B division of QBE (ASX: QBE). Pouraghabagher also served as Executive Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Council for the North American division of QBE.
Pouraghabagher currently serves as an independent director for State Auto Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: STFC). She is a designated financial expert and serves on the Audit, Nominating & Governance, Risk, and Independent Committee(s), which she chairs. She is also a CPA and faculty member at California Polytechnic’s (Cal Poly) College of Business, where she has annually earned Outstanding Educator of the Year awards from Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and KPMG for her contributions to educating and mentoring hundreds of Millennial and Generation Z students. She additionally serves on the Deans Advisory Council and the Diversity & Inclusion Council for the College of Business and is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).
Bachelors, Finance & Accounting, magna cum laude, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)