Head of Cross Product Solutions
Bank of America Merril Lynch
Ayeesha currently leads the Cross Product Solutions team within Global Transaction Services at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In her current role, she and her team focus on conceptualizing and developing innovative products for the bank’s corporate clients (annual revenue of $5MM and above). In doing this, the team partners with Fintech and other firms to incorporate emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, virtual accounts, and new types of payment acceptance. She was also responsible for developing the artificial intelligence strategy for all of Global Banking and Markets at the bank.
Prior to this, Ayeesha was a Senior Vice President in the Enterprise Payments group at Bank of America. In this role, she developed and executed the bank’s payments and fintech strategy, focusing on retail customers. During her tenure, she worked on a several strategic projects, including the enablement of Zelle, merchant services, and overseeing the creation of a new real-time payments rail.
Before this, Ayeesha spent over six years in Investor Relations, managing the bank’s relationships with equity investors, fixed income investors, and the rating agencies and assisting senior management in conveying Bank of America’s outlook story to the Street through the aftermath of the financial crisis. Ayeesha started her career at Merrill Lynch in the firm’s Chief Financial Office, where she participated in many capital raises and other strategic transactions for the firm, including the largest secondary equity issuance in US history at that time. Other professional experience includes positions at UBS, CIBC, and the Bank of Canada.
Ayeesha earned her Bachelor of Science in Economics with concentrations in Finance and Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received the Beverly Kushinsky Virany Memorial Award for academic achievement, leadership abilities, and contribution to the life and spirit of the Wharton community.
Ayeesha currently sits on the Federal Reserve’s Mobile Payments Industry Workgroup. At Bank of America, she serves as Co-Chair of the Disabilities Advocacy Network in New York, and previously served on the Board of LEAD for Women in New York, both employee networks that focus on furthering the bank’s diversity and inclusion priorities, something that has been a focus for her since serving as President of Wharton Women.