Laura Ahto relocated in 2018 to the US after 23 years living and working internationally.
She is a Managing Director at BNY Mellon and COO of the firm’s Asset Servicing Business. Previously, she held roles as President, CEO and Member of the Board of BNY Mellon’s Brussels, Belgium headquartered European bank, and as COO of Investment Services German-speaking and CEE region, based in Frankfurt, Germany. Laura has also, through her career, held leadership positions at Baring Asset Management, PIMCO Europe, Deutsche Bank, and Bankers Trust Company, in London and the APAC region.
Laura has been involved with the Global Give Back Circle since its founding, as a mentor to two girls- now young women- in Kenya. She has served as a Board member of the Junior League of London and is a member of PowerWomen Network. Laura has long been an advocate for gender diversity in business and supporting the development of women professionals and on the importance of inclusion as well as diversity. She has been recognized twice by Financial News as one of the100 most influential Women in Finance and appointed to the Cranfield 100 “Women to Watch” list.
Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Ursinus College and a Masters of Business Administration from Cornell University.