Robert Kelly, chairman and chief executive officer of BNY Mellon, delivered the keynote address at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business diploma ceremony for master’s degree and Ph.D. recipients. The ceremony took place on Saturday, May 16, 2009, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood.
Identified as one of “America’s Best CEOs” in 2009 by Institutional Investor magazine, Kelly has been recognized for his leadership within the financial sector on numerous occasions. He was named a top 10 bank CEO by U.S. Banker magazine in 2006 and 2007. While serving as chief financial officer of Wachovia, he was voted one of “America’s Best CFOs” by the readers of Institutional Investor magazine in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
Kelly serves on Carnegie Mellon’s Board of Trustees. He is also member of the Partnership for New York City and the Federal Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board. He is a member of the board of directors of the Financial Services Roundtable and serves as vice chairman of the Roundtable's CEO Regulatory Restructuring Advisory Council. In addition, he is a member of the Financial Services Forum and serves as chairman of the Forum's Regulatory Reform and Modernization Task Force.
With more than 25 years of professional experience in financial services, Kelly also has an extensive background in retail brokerage and securities trading. He is a chartered accountant with an MBA and an honorary doctorate from Cass Business School, City University in London, and a bachelor's degree and honorary doctorate from St. Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
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