The Women to Watch: No. 20, BNY Mellon's Paulette Mullings Bradnock

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Chief Audit Executive, BNY Mellon

Paulette Mullings Bradnock is on a mission to bring more diversity to BNY Mellon's workforce, and she is leading by example.

The chief audit executive at BNY Mellon since 2015, Bradnock last year hired nearly 80 professional auditors for her team, many of whom were women and/or minorities. Bradnock, an African-American who was born in Jamaica, made sure she was considering a diverse pool of candidates by recruiting at National Association of Black Accountants' events and proactively reaching out to women and minorities on LinkedIn.

Bradnock also speaks regularly at events inside and outside of BNY Mellon on the importance of diversity and inclusion in an organization and rarely misses an opportunity to engage Chairman and CEO Charles Scharf in conversation on the topic.

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It's worth noting that BNY Mellon's newest board member, Alfred Zollar, and two recent additions to Scharf's leadership team, Head of Operations Lester Owens and Global Head of Human Resources, Jolen Anderson, are African-American.

Bradnock manages a global team of more than 360 auditors. Her group is primarily responsible for ensuring that BNY Mellon, the world's largest custody bank, is complying with all laws and regulations and that its financial reporting is reliable. Under Bradnock, the audit department has also taken the lead on monitoring and testing the bank's cyber defenses.

Outside of BNY serves on the boards of trustees and audit committees of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Queens College, City University of New York, her alma mater. She is also a member of the Group of 25, a global forum where chief editor of the world's largest financial services firms gather to exchange ideas and discuss leading internal audit practices.

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