Catherine Bessant

Member of the Board of Directors

Nationality: U.S.
Born: 1960

Skills and experience

Catherine Bessant is chief operations and technology officer at Bank of America and a member of the Bank of America’s executive management team. Since joining Bank of America in 1982 as a corporate banker, she has held numerous senior leadership positions within that company: president of Global Product Solutions and Global Treasury Services; chief marketing officer; president of Consumer Real Estate and Community Development Banking; national Small Business Segment executive; and market president of Bank of America, Florida. Prior to being appointed to her current position, Ms. Bessant served as president of Global Corporate Banking. Ms. Bessant has led Bank of America’s Global Technology and Operations since 2010. In that role she is responsible for end-to-end technology and operating services across the company, overseeing nearly 95,000 employees and contractors in more than 35 countries. She became a member of the Board of Zurich Insurance Group Ltd and Zurich Insurance Company Ltd in March 2017.

Committee membership

Remuneration Committee, Audit Committee

Other directorships within the Group

Zurich Insurance Company Ltd

External appointments

Ms. Bessant is on the advisory board of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. She previously served 16 years on the board of directors of Florida Blue, formerly Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, including serving as lead independent director.

Educational background

Ms. Bessant holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.


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