Christina Townsend

Christina Townsend

Director and head of platform strategy for advisor solutions, BNY Mellon | Pershing

Christina Townsend gets excited about every aspect of her career, which started in 2000 at Pershing, where she has performed many roles.

Working in technology, product management, strategy and client-facing positions, Ms. Townsend has united technology and product platforms to create new solutions.

As co-chair for the Women’s Initiative Network for North America, she has helped create each of the network’s 25 chapters, setting the strategy each year for professional development, networking, and strengthening the brand. These experiences have introduced her to both mentors and individuals being mentored. The latter have followed in her footsteps, remaining with BNY Pershing for many years, through promotions and diverse job disciplines.

“Women need to be their authentic selves,” Ms. Townsend said. “Sometimes they attempt too much to be like men and blend in, but they should embrace their uniqueness with confidence. Try to balance conflicting work and family demands on your terms.”
— Vanessa Drucker