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Torry Berntsen

Executive Vice-Chairman, CIB Europe, Americas, the Middle East & Africa


Torry Berntsen is Executive Vice-Chairman, CIB Europe, Americas, the Middle East & Africa, supporting strategic direction, governance oversight, and guidance to the Bank’s operations across the footprint. He also plays a significant role in maintaining key client relationships and developing critical connections with government officials and regulators.

In addition, he serves as Chairperson for the Supervisory Board of Standard Chartered Bank AG which is headquartered in Frankfurt; a member of the Management Board of Directors for Standard Chartered GBS Poland; Chair of the Board of Standard Chartered Yatırım Bankası Türk A.Ş in Türkiye; and, also on the Board of Directors of Zodia Custody Ltd and Zodia Markets Holdings Ltd.


Torry has an extensive and diverse career in banking and financial services. Prior to his current role, Torry was the Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of Standard Chartered for Europe & Americas and was responsible for all aspects of the Region, providing leadership on strategy, client relationships, risk management, governance, and regulatory engagements. Previously, he was also the CEO and Regional Head of Corporate & Institutional Banking for the Americas at Standard Chartered, where he led the Bank’s North American and Latin American franchise.

Before his career at Standard Chartered, Torry was the President and a Director of Texas headquartered Independent Financial, where he was involved in the various components of the Company’s operations, including spearheading its investor relations efforts as well as managing all its financial institutions relationships and partnerships. Prior to Independent Financial, he spent 25 years in various senior management roles at BNY Mellon. His last position at BNY Mellon was Senior Executive Vice President, Sector Head, Global Client Management where he was responsible for leading the relationship efforts with financial institutions, corporate, government, not-for-profit and real estate clients worldwide. Prior to BNY Mellon, he spent four years at JPMorgan.

Torry is passionate about building long-term client relationships, developing talent, reinforcing a commitment to culture and values, and embedding diversity and inclusion as core pillars of an organisation. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and an MBA in Finance from New York University.

External appointments

Torry served as Vice Chairman of Virtu Management, LLC, a private family management company located in New York City from 2009 to late 2016 and, was a Board member of some of its various entities. He also previously served as a Board member of the Norwegian Christian Home and Health Centre in New York. Currently, he is a member of the International Advisory Board of BritishAmerican Business, a member of TheCityUK’s Anglo-German Dialogue, and a member of the IBDE Leadership Council.

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