Chief Operations and Technology Officer
Bank of America
Cathy Bessant is chief operations and technology officer at Bank of America, where she leads a team of nearly 95,000 and is responsible for the technology and operations enabling all the businesses of the company. Since joining the bank in 1982, she has held numerous leadership positions in Global Corporate Banking, Global Product Solutions, Global Treasury Services, and Global Marketing and Corporate Affairs.
Bessant has been honored with numerous awards including ranking No. 1 among the “25 Most Powerful Women in Banking” by American Banker for the third year in a row and appearing in Working Mother Magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Working Moms” list. Bessant serves on the board of directors of Zurich Insurance Group, is an independent member of the USA Field Hockey board of directors and is on the advisory board for the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Along with Ross School faculty, alumni and students, she summited Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest freestanding mountain, in August of 2018.