Cathinka Wahlstrom

Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, BNY Mellon

Cathinka Wahlstrom

Chief Commercial Officer, BNY Mellon

About Cathinka


Cathinka Wahlstrom is Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. She is also a member of BNY Mellon’s Executive Committee.


As Chief Commercial Officer, Cathinka oversees firm-wide Global Client Management (GCM). In addition, in close partnership with the firm's business heads, Cathinka is responsible for coordinating and maximizing the contributions of sales and relationship management teams across the company.


Prior to joining BNY Mellon in May 2023, Cathinka served as President and Chief Commercial Officer at Alight Solutions, a leading cloud-based provider of integrated digital human capital and business solutions.


Until 2021, as a member of the Global Management Committee, she served in a variety of leadership roles at Accenture over 26 years, including most recently as the senior managing director of Accenture’s client accounts in North America, responsible for building and growing relationships with the world’s leading companies across all industries operating in the United States and Canada. Prior to that, Cathinka led the Financial Services business for Accenture in North America.


Cathinka is involved in many community and civic initiatives including the Partnership for New York City, the New York City Ballet, the Robin Hood Foundation and NPower.

Session Featuring Cathinka:

3:30 - 4:30 PM EDT

Location: Conference Stage 4 (CS4)


What is the Impact of Technology and Data on Financial Services


Market infrastructures have a key role to play in enabling instant and frictionless end-to-end payments between bank accounts in their own communities. But what do you get when you interlink them? A much wider reach and a better payments experience across borders. In this session, we’ll explain SWIFT’s vision to interoperate with these market infrastructures, combining the global presence of SWIFT with their domestic reach. Whether a market infrastructure runs on SWIFT or on its proprietary communication channels, linking it with SWIFT has many benefits, including extending its reach globally, leveraging the values brought by the SWIFT platform, providing end-customers a truly instant experience for their cross-border payments and achieving frictionless end-to-end transactions between any two bank accounts globally.