Lester Owens

by Edward Cates
Lester Owens
Senior Executive Vice President & Head of Operations
BNY Mellon

Lester Owens is a Senior Executive Vice President and Head of Operations for BNY Mellon, a global investments company dedicated to helping its clients manage and service their financial assets throughout the investment lifecycle. He is also a member of the company’s Executive Committee.

In this role, Lester is responsible for leading the company’s Global Operations organization, supporting every stage of the client investment lifecycle including account creation, trading, clearing and settlement and servicing of assets.

Lester joined BNY Mellon from JPMorgan Chase & Co. During his ten years there, he was responsible for Global Wholesale Banking Operations, managing the world’s largest payments operation, and Wholesale Client Onboarding across J.P. Morgan’s Corporate and Investment Bank. Prior to that, Lester led significant Operations activities for Deutsche Bank, Citibank and Bankers Trust.

Lester serves as the Vice-Chairman on the Board of Trustees for RWJ Barnabas. He also chaired the Clearing House Interbank Payments Systems (CHIPS) Board and was a member of the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) Board.

Lester earned his BA from Long Island University, his Executive MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and completed the Executive Management Program at Harvard.

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