Laura Ahto is Chief Executive Officer of BNY Mellon’s European Bank, The Bank of New York Mellon SA/NV. Prior to being named to this position in November 2014, she served as Chief Operating Officer of Investment Services, German Speaking and CEE Region, at BNY Mellon in Frankfurt, Germany, and as a Branch Manager of the Frankfurt Branch of the SA/NV. Laura is a member of the corporate Operating Committee, the EMEA Operating Committee and the EMEA Chairman's Forum.
Laura has held various Executive Leadership positions in Operations, Technology, Change Management and Provider Management in the Investment Services (including global custody, global fund services, offshore fund administration, performance analytics) and Asset Management (including trading, operations, funds and compliance) business segments.
Prior to joining BNY Mellon in 2012, Laura was Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Head of Operations and Technology at Baring Asset Management in London. She joined Barings following seven years with PIMCO Europe in London, where she was Senior Vice President, Head of Operations and Administration and European Funds. Prior to joining PIMCO, Laura was a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank and Bankers Trust Company and responsible for various Operations and Client functions in New York, Asia, Australia, the UK and Europe.
Laura holds a BA in Economics from Ursinus College and an MBA from Cornell University.