Kris Chester, Kestra's new COO.

Kestra Financial, Inc. hired Kris Chester, who’s spent the last 18 years at Wells Fargo Bank, as the independent advisor platform’s new chief operating officer.

Chester has expertise in merger integration, business transformation, product development and client delivery, among other areas.

Most recently, Chester was executive vice president and head of treasury management implementation and delivery at Wells Fargo Bank, a position she held since 2012. In that capacity, she led a team of more than 750 people that implemented and integrated the bank’s treasury management solutions, among other responsibilities.

“My entire career has been spent helping financial services organizations exceed customer expectations while outpacing their industry peers,” Chester said in a statement. “Kestra Financial’s commitment to providing an engaging work culture and helping advisors grow their practices is what attracted to me to join this dynamic organization. I’m looking forward to helping Kestra Financial continue its mission of empowering advisor success.”

At Kestra Financial, Chester will be responsible for ensuring the firm offers its advisors the latest technology and highest-quality service. She will also oversee the continued simplification and streamlining of business processing.

According to James Poer, CEO of Kestra, “Kris’s experience in securing and implementing state-of-the-art innovation and technology, coupled with her commitment to quality and excellence, will support our advisors in providing a client experience that is second-to-none.”

Kestra, headquartered in Austin, Texas, supports more than 1,700 independent financial advisors in delivering comprehensive securities and investment advisory services to their clients.

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