Ather Williams is managing director and head of Global Transaction Services (GTS) at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He is responsible for delivering the full range of global transaction banking and digital fintech solutions -- including payments, receivables, liquidity, investments, channel management, trade and supply chain finance -- to the firm’s large corporate, financial institution, public sector, commercial banking and business banking clients.
Prior to his current position, Williams was head of Global Payments during which time he executed a global strategy for payments product management on an end-to-end basis, including management of the P&L; new product development and product launches; pricing; training and marketing for urgent/high value and non-urgent/low value payment products, banknotes, and related foreign exchange products.
During the same period, Williams held two additional roles: head of Global GTS Strategy, working with regional and product management and across other lines of business to facilitate delivery of the bank’s entire capabilities; and head of the North American Product Sales organization, where he led a team of sales specialists who provided product expertise and solution support to North American Corporate, Commercial and Business Banking clients.
Williams joined the firm in 2011 from JPMorgan Chase where he held a variety of senior leadership positions within the Treasury & Securities Services Sector. He was most recently Global Product executive for Investment and Credit Products.
Williams has more than 20 years of experience working in financial services. Prior to J.P. Morgan, Williams worked in a variety of senior strategic and financial management roles including several years as a management consultant with First Manhattan Consulting Group and in the Financial Institutions practice of A.T. Kearney.
Williams is a member of the Transaction Banking Global Leaders Council of BAFT as well as the Executive Leadership Council, the preeminent membership organization for the development of global black leaders.
In 2008, Diversity MBA Magazine named Williams one of the “Top 100 Executive Leaders Under 50.” In 2014, 2015 and 2016 Williams was named in Global Finance Magazine’s annual list of “Who’s Who in Treasury and Cash Management.” Williams holds a BA from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.