Lester Owens

by Justin Cates
Lester Owens
Senior Executive Vice President & Head of Operations
Wells Fargo & Company

Lester Owens is Senior Executive Vice President and head of Operations of Wells Fargo & Company, responsible for building a more unified and integrated approach to Wells Fargo’s business operations functions, which include more than 70,000 employees. He serves on the Wells Fargo Operating Committee and is based in New York.

Owens has more than 30 years of leadership, risk management, and operations experience in the financial services industry. He joined Wells Fargo from BNY Mellon, where he was Global Head of Operations, responsible for a team of 20,000 employees supporting every stage of the client investment lifecycle.

Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Owens spent 10 years at JPMorgan Chase, where he was responsible for Global Wholesale Banking Operations, among other roles. He previously led significant operations functions for Deutsche Bank, Citibank, and Bankers Trust.

Owens is a member of the Brooklyn Diocese Advisory Board “Futures in Education Foundation” and is vice chair of the board of directors of Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health, Inc., the leading academic health system in New Jersey.

Owens is a graduate of Long Island University and the Fairleigh Dickinson Executive MBA program.

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