Lester Owens is Senior Executive Vice President and former head of Operations of Wells Fargo & Company, responsible for building a more unified, more integrated approach to Wells Fargo’s business operations functions.
Lester manages a team of 60,000 employees globally across Corporate & Investment Banking, Commercial Banking, Wealth Management, Consumer Banking & Shared Services. He serves on the Wells Fargo Operating Committee and is based in New York.
Lester has more than 30 years of leadership, risk management, and operations experience in the financial services industry. He joined Wells Fargo from Bank of New York Mellon, where he was Global Head of Operations, responsible for a team of 20,000 employees supporting every stage of the client investment lifecycle, including initiation, account creation, trading, clearing and settlement, and asset servicing.
Prior to joining Bank of New York Mellon, Lester spent 10 years at JPMorgan Chase, where he was responsible for Global Wholesale Banking Operations, among other roles. He previously led significant operations functions for Deutsche Bank, Citibank, and Bankers Trust.
Lester was a member of the Board of Directors of the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) in 2016 and chaired the Clearing House Interbank Payments Systems Board in 2015 to 2016. He is currently Chairman of the board of directors of Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health, Inc., the leading academic health system in New Jersey.
Lester is a graduate of Long Island University and the Fairleigh Dickinson Executive MBA program.