Senior Executive Vice President
Head of Operations
Lester Owens is a Senior Executive Vice President and Head of Operations for BNY Mellon. He is also a member of the company’s Executive Committee.
Lester is responsible for leading the company’s Global Operations organization, supporting every stage of the client investment lifecycle including account creation, trading, clearing and settlement and servicing of assets.
Lester joined BNY Mellon from JPMorgan Chase & Co. During his ten years there, he was responsible for Global Wholesale Banking Operations, managing the world’s largest payments operation, and Wholesale Client Onboarding across J.P. Morgan’s Corporate and Investment Bank. Prior to that, Lester led significant Operations activities for Deutsche Bank, Citibank and Bankers Trust.
Lester earned his BA from Long Island University, his Executive MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and completed the Executive Management Program at Harvard. Lester serves as the Vice-Chairman on the Board of Trustees for RWJ Barnabas. He also chaired the Clearing House Interbank Payments Systems (CHIPS) Board and was a member of the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) Board.