Dean Athanasia

President of Preferred and Small Business Banking

Dean Athanasia is president of Preferred and Small Business and co-head of Consumer at Bank of America and is a member of the company’s executive management team. His team is responsible for providing 67 million Bank of America clients in the United States a full range of financial products and services, delivered with unmatched convenience and an exceptional client experience. His team also offers industry-leading support to more than 3 million small business owners with a suite of innovative business financial solutions.

Athanasia directs Bank of America’s network of approximately 4,400 financial centers, 16,000 ATMs, and its award-winning digital banking platform with approximately 36 million active users, including 25 million mobile users.

In addition, Athanasia is responsible for Merrill Edge, with $177 billion in assets under management. Merrill Edge enables clients to seamlessly manage banking and investments through its online and mobile platforms, as well as meet with financial solutions advisors to receive advice and guidance at select financial center locations or over the phone. A strong partnership with Merrill Lynch and U.S. Trust ensures that Bank of America provides banking and wealth management solutions to clients across the entire wealth continuum.

Previously, Athanasia was the head of Global Wealth and Investment Management (GWIM) Banking and Merrill Edge for Bank of America. Before Bank of America’s acquisition of Merrill Lynch, he served as president of Premier Banking and Investments for the Wealth Management division of Bank of America.

Athanasia received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Yale University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He currently serves as chairman of the board of Cradles to Crayons, a nonprofit organization providing essential items for children living in homeless or low-income situations. Athanasia also serves on the board of the Noble & Greenough School, and previously served on the board of Walker, an organization that provides services for children facing complex emotional, behavioral, and learning challenges.

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