Senior Executive Vice President
Head of Operations
Lester Owens is Senior Executive Vice President and Head of Operations for BNY Mellon. He is 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, settling, holding, servicing, managing, distributing and restructuring assets.
Lester joins BNY Mellon from JPMorgan where for over ten years he was responsible for Global Wholesale Banking Operations and Corporate and Investment Bank Client Onboarding. Managing one of the largest payments operations globally. Previously, he led significant operations activities for Deutsche Bank, Citibank and Bankers Trust.
Lester earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Long Island University and was awarded an Executive MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and completed Harvard’s Executive Management Program. Lester has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) since 2016, and chaired the Clearing House Interbank Payments Systems Board from 2015 to 2016.