Industry veteran to lead the company’s market-leading trade business
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Continuing to serve the global financial needs of its customers, Wells Fargo’s International Group, part of Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC), announced today that Christopher Lewis has been named executive vice president and head of Global Trade Services. Lewis will manage efforts to grow Wells Fargo’s industry-leading trade business through increased cross-sell, product enhancement, sales and distribution. His team will also work closely with the company’s Global Financial Institutions and Global Banking teams to ensure trade products are available to all customer segments, including commercial and corporate clients and financial institutions. Lewis is based in San Francisco and reports to Richard Yorke, head of Wells Fargo’s International Group.
Chris Lewis, Head of Wells Fargo's Global Trade Services (Photo: Business Wire)
“As more of our customers do business globally, we will continue to invest in the resources and talent to best serve them,” said Yorke. “Chris brings extensive experience and knowledge to our business. Under his leadership, we will continue to strengthen our trade capabilities as we provide our customers with the financial resources, global network, leading technology, products and operational excellence they need to successfully build and manage their trade business.”
Wells Fargo, which for the second consecutive year was recently named “Best Trade Bank” by Trade Finance magazine, provides a wide range of financial services to companies engaged in global business – both import and export -- including middle-market multinational companies, large corporations, and financial institutions. Through its International Group, customers have access to traditional trade solutions, including letters of credit, documentary collections, open account services, online trade management tools, as well as cross-border financing.
Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Lewis spent more than 20 years at HSBC where he most recently was head of trade and supply chain for North America. He also led the company’s trade and supply chain operations in Greater China, where he helped drive significant growth in revenue and profitability. While at HSBC, Lewis also managed transaction banking teams in the Americas, Middle East, and Asia.
Lewis began his career at Barclays National Bank Limited in Johannesburg, South Africa and also managed Corporate Banking for Saudi British Bank in Saudi Arabia. Lewis has a bachelor’s of arts degree in literature and economics from the University of San Diego in California and received his Qualified Member accreditation from the Institute of Bankers, South Africa.
Wells Fargo’s International Group provides small businesses, corporations, financial institutions, multilateral organizations and individuals with a wide range of international solutions from more than 35 global locations, including branches in Hong Kong, London, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo and the Cayman Islands.
About Wells Fargo & Company
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.3 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, the Internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in more than 35 countries to support the bank’s customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 full-time equivalent team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 26 on Fortune’s 2012 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially.
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