Ciaran O’Kelly is the global head of equity trading at Bank of America Securities. He joined Bank of America as part of a management team hired in late 2002 to build a premier equities business. Previously, he enjoyed an 11 year career at Smith Barney/Citigroup, where his most recent position was head of equity trading.
At Bank of America, O’Kelly is also responsible for institutional sales trading and risk arbitrage and is a member of the equity operating committee. In 2003, Bank of America was one of six companies in the world to post earnings of more than $10 billion. Bank of America’s equities business also enjoyed considerable momentum and market share gains as the firm managed more than $23 billion of equities business — the largest increase of any firm.
Born in Dublin, O’Kelly graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business studies from Dublin City University in 1989. He began his Wall Street career in 1990 at Lasser Marshall Inc., a New York-based inter-bank foreign exchange dealing firm.
He has appeared on CNN’s financial news shows and has been quoted in several financial publications. O’Kelly stays in touch with his Irish roots through New York Irish organizations. He is a member of the American Ireland Fund and has served on the chairman’s committee for the annual New York dinner gala for the last three years. He resides in Manhattan with his wife Lisa and their two sons.