American Financial Services Association

Tanya Sanders

Tanya Sanders

PeopleWomen's Leadership Council

Tanya Sanders

Executive Vice President, Head of Transformation
Wells Fargo Auto

Tanya Sanders is the Head of Transformation for Wells Fargo Auto. Wells Fargo Auto is a leading indirect auto lender offering consumers vehicle financing through a network of over 10,000 dealers nationwide. With a loan portfolio of over $48 billion, we serve more than 3 million consumers with their auto financing needs.

In this role, Tanya and her team are responsible for leading the work to identify innovative ways the Auto business can transform its go-forward business model and identify and build the capabilities needed to get there. Her team works to develop product strategy, Agile transformation, digital capabilities, strategic partnerships and customer experience and insights.

Tanya brings over 15 years of financial services experience to her role, including numerous leadership positions within auto finance. Most recently, Tanya served as the Head of Retail Underwriting and Fulfillment responsible for improving the customer experience and consistency delivered by Wells Fargo Auto’s underwriting, funding and aftermarket teams.

Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Tanya was the Managing Director of Business Operations for Chase Auto, where she oversaw shared services operations for retail and private label auto originations. She has also held progressive roles at Bank of America and General Electric in auto, small business, business banking and consumer finance businesses with experience in sales, strategy and business development, M&A and corporate audit.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University and MBA from the University of Florida. She also completed her Six Sigma Black Belt Certification.

Tanya is the co-chair for Wells Fargo Consumer Lending’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council. She is also a member of the American Financial Services Association where she serves as a committee chair for the Women’s Leadership Council. She is actively engaged in her community through volunteerism and non-profit board engagement, focused on improving outcomes for underserved communities.

Tanya is based in Irving, Texas.

Areas of Expertise
Business Transformation, Executive Management, Operations Management, People Development

Areas of expertise upon which I would like to continue learning.
Technology Innovation (Robotics, AI, Blockchain, Cloud, etc)

What three keywords best describe you?
Energized, Servant Leader

Personal Motto
Accept the things I cannot change and change the things I cannot accept.

What are you passionate about?
Having a positive impact. Helping others exceed their own personal/professional goals.

What is something interesting about you that members might not know?
I grew up in the military, moving every 2-3 years. As a result, I attended four different high schools.

Who has been a role model for you?
My parents. My father for his work ethic and determination to succeed on his own terms despite the world the around him. My mother for her personal commitment and sacrifices to raise a healthy, happy family.

What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of the work I have done to mentor and have a positive impact on young women and African-American students throughout my career.

MENTORING

What would you say are the key success factors for a mentoring relationship?
Honest communication, commitment to the relationship and two-way sharing of experiences and advice.

What advice would you give yourself as a young executive?
Your career will be a marathon, not a race. Train, train, train and then have confidence that all of your training will help you through the rough spots.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started your career?
Be open to changing functions and industries to gain new skills and experiences early in your career