November 08, 2016

Laura Ahto and Hanneke Smits named in Top100 Women of Influence in Europe

Laura Ahto and Hanneke Smits

Laura Ahto, Chief Executive Officer of BNY Mellon’s European banking entity, the Bank of New York Mellon SA/NV and Hanneke Smits, Chief Executive of Newton Investment Management


Laura Ahto, Chief Executive of BNY Mellon’s European banking entity, the Bank of New York Mellon SA/NV, and Hanneke Smits, Chief Executive of Newton Investment Management, have today been named as two of the Top 100 women of influence in European financial services.   

The Bank of New York Mellon SA/NV – one of Belgium’s largest banks, a European SiFi and Belgian O-SII – supports BNY Mellon’s $30.5 trillion* global custody network and is its gateway for securities settlement across Europe. Ahto was named CEO in November 2014 and today is also a member of BNY Mellon’s global Operating Committee, the EMEA Operating Council and the EMEA Chairman's Forum. 

Smits took over responsibility for Newton in August 2016 having established herself as an influential figure in the industry and an increasingly vocal advocate for gender equality. Newton has £54.6 billion* in assets under management.

Financial News’ FN100, now in its 10th year, highlights and celebrates the most influential female executives following a detailed three-month review process canvassing a wide range of market opinion. All women had to be based in EMEA working in or having influence on investment banking, asset management, hedge funds, private equity, wealth management, insurance, exchanges, trading and support services to these sectors. The candidates were then assessed on their influence and leadership over their company and market sector, as well as their performance in the past year and in their career to date.

*data as at September 30, 2016