As Vice President at Benefitfocus, Ms. Leahy leads several strategic functions including InnovationPlace, the company’s startup partner program. Ms. Leahy developed and launched the program in 2019 with the goal to accelerate the availability of innovative benefits that improve consumer lives and wellness outcomes. Together with a talented team of Benefitfocus associates, Ms. Leahy is responsible for identifying, selecting, and mentoring companies with the ultimate goal to be distributed on the country’s leading benefits platform serving more than 25 million consumers.
Prior to her role at Benefitfocus, Ms. Leahy was an independent strategy and communications consultant for global companies undergoing rapid change and transformation including strategy pivots, M&A and capital restructuring. Ms. Leahy has led investor relations functions for several companies ranging in market capitalization from $300 million to nearly $10 billion, including the UK’s largest media company which was recognized as the best performing NASDAQ stock in the year following its operational turnaround during Ms. Leahy’s tenure. Ms. Leahy has also led a $160 million 200-person business unit through a successful reorganization. Earlier in her career, Ms. Leahy was an M&A associate at Union Bank of Switzerland in London and Frankfurt.
In addition to her role as Director for SC Launch, where she serves on the Audit and Finance Committee, Ms. Leahy previously served as the Sponsorship and Partnership chair of TEDxCharleston. She earned an MBA in Finance and German from Thunderbird, the Global School of Management at ASU and a BA in International Relations from Oklahoma State University. Ms. Leahy holds a certificate in Disruptive Strategy though Harvard Business School, has extensive experience working abroad and is professionally proficient in German. She resides in Charleston, SC with her husband and two sons.