Michael Cole-Fontayn

Michael Cole-Fontayn, Executive Vice President and Chairman, EMEA

Executive Vice President and Chairman,


Michael Cole-Fontayn, Executive Vice President, is Chairman of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Michael is a member of the Corporate Operating Committee and EMEA Chairman's Forum.

As Chairman of EMEA, Michael is responsible for governance culture and leads regional strategy development, execution and the delivery of enterprise initiatives in the region.

Michael has been with BNY Mellon since 1984, starting as a Credit and Risk Analyst. He attended the BNY Mellon New York training programme from 1985 to 1986.

Michael worked on and took responsibility for a variety of special industry banking groups between 1986 and 1992. He joined the DR Division in 1992, and has worked on many DR equity capital raising transactions, including numerous privatisations and equity offerings around the world. Michael has previously served as CEO of Depositary Receipts and ran The Bank of New York Mellon's Issuer Services Group in Hong Kong for seven years from 1993-2000.

Previously chair of The EMEA Issuer and Treasury Services Committee, he is currently chair of the European Executive Management Committee and the BNY Mellon Community Affairs Programme.

A graduate of Westminster University (PCL), Michael received a BA (Hons.) in Business Management. He is a board member of the Association of Financial Markets in Europe (AFME), and is a member of the Advisory Boards of TheCityUK and British American Business and attends the All Party Parliamentary Corporate Governance Group.