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Sheila Chablani

VP, Executive and Board Operations

Sheila serves as the VP for Executive and Board Operations at the ABA. In this role, she heads up the operations of ABA’s Executive Office, manages the association’s governance and supports the executive leadership and volunteer officers. Her responsibilities to the ABA Board of Directors include managing the board schedule, governance and the preparation of all board materials.

Beyond the boardroom, Sheila manages coordinating schedules, workflow, budgets and executive priorities for ABA President and CEO Rob Nichols and the association’s elected chair, chair-elect, vice chair and treasurer. She facilitates seamless communication between the executive office, member bank CEOs, state association executives, members of Congress and top executive branch and regulatory agency officials. Sheila also serves as an enterprise-wide coordinator for both internal and external ABA initiatives, collaborating with staff and providing advice and counsel to advance executive office and board priorities.

Sheila’s professional journey in the U.S. began at the New York Times Company Magazine Group in 1990, starting as a secretary in the human resources department and rapidly progressing through various administrative management positions. This trajectory culminated in her placement in the C-suite in 1994 as the executive assistant to the president and CEO.

Prior to her tenure at the New York Times Company Magazine Group, Sheila worked overseas at Alghanim Travel, a division of Alghanim Industries, one of the largest privately owned conglomerates in the Gulf region. In this role, she managed a diverse range of tasks, overseeing complex scheduling, managing budgets and coordinating detailed travel arrangements.

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