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Lester Owens

Senior Executive Vice President 

Head of Operations 

Wells Fargo & Company 

Lester Owens is Senior Executive Vice President and head of Operations of Wells Fargo & Company, responsible for building a more unified and integrated approach to Wells Fargo’s business operations functions, which include more than 70,000 employees. 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 BNY Mellon, where from February 2019 to April 2020 he was Global Head of Operations, responsible for a team of 20,000 employees supporting every stage of the client investment lifecycle, including account creation, trading, clearing and settlement, and asset servicing.  


Prior to joining BNY 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 is a member of the Brooklyn Diocese Advisory Board “Futures in Education Foundation” and is vice chair 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.