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Halifax native Robert P. Kelly named one of the Top CEOs in the U.S.

New York, April 21, 2009 - Institutional Investor magazine has named Halifax, Nova Scotia, native Robert P. Kelly among America’s best chief executive officers.  


Chairman and chief executive officer of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, Kelly was ranked fourth among large-cap-bank CEOs by Institutional Investor as part of its seventh annual “America’s Best CEOs” survey.  Survey rankings are based on comments by more than 900 analysts, portfolio managers and other investment professionals, and identify the top CEOs in 57 industry sectors. 


In announcing this year’s winners, the magazine said they “score high marks for being forthright and transparent with shareholders and smart with their companies' balance sheets, and earn high praise for keeping their companies on course.”   Complete survey results appear in the April, 2009 issue of Institutional Investor.


Robert (Bob) Kelly is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK), a global financial services growth company operating in 34 countries and serving institutions and high-net-worth individuals in more than 100 markets worldwide.  The Company is a worldwide leader in asset management and securities servicing. It has $19.5 trillion in assets under custody and administration, $881 billion in assets under management, services more than $11 trillion in outstanding debt, and processes global payments averaging $1.8 trillion per day.


Mr. Kelly served as chairman, president and chief executive officer of Mellon Financial Corporation from February 2006 until its merger with The Bank of New York Company, Inc.   He was named a top 10 bank CEO in 2006 and 2007 by U.S. Banker magazine.  Prior to joining Mellon, he spent five years as chief financial officer of Wachovia Corporation. He was named one of America's best CFOs by the readers of Institutional Investor in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Previously, he spent 19 years with Toronto-Dominion Bank, where he served as a vice chairman and head of the retail and commercial bank.


In addition to his experience as a CFO, Mr. Kelly has extensive background in retail brokerage, banking 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 Canada.  Mr. Kelly is a member of the Financial Services Forum, the Partnership for New York City and the Federal Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board.



Kevin Heine

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