Adding to BNY Mellon's list of recent executive appointments in the region, Jim McEleney takes over as chief executive of BNY Mellon International Operations from Sheena Wilson.

Based in Pune, India, McEleney is responsible for maintaining the bank's operational service delivery for all BNY Mellon's international business segments, including asset management and asset servicing. He also joins the bank's Asia-Pacific operating committee, which includes Asia-Pacific chairman Chris Sturdy and India country executive Navneet Singh. McEleney reports to US-based Don Monks, BNY Mellon vice-chairman, and Frank Dittrich, BNY Mellon executive vice-president.

Former international operations chief executive Wilson has relocated to London where she will become global head of talent strategy.

"Jim McEleney's main goal is to provide the leadership required to ensure service quality remains high, as we continue to recruit new employees to service the growing needs of our wider businesses around the globe," says a BNY Mellon representative.

The bank's international operations function is a 1,700-strong unit based in Pune. The team oversees all financial services processes for BNY Mellon's international asset servicing, asset management, wealth management, financial markets, treasury services and other global businesses.

McEleney moved to Pune in August from London, where he has worked as BNY Mellon Wealth Management's managing director of family office services Europe since establishing the bank's wealth management business there in 2006. He previously held various roles at BNY Mellon's asset servicing business in the US.

The bank has yet to announce a new managing director of its wealth management business in Europe.

Despite a presence in India for nearly three decades, the bank has spent a good part of the past summer claiming firsts in the country. In August, the bank appointed Mumbai-based Singh as its first India country executive and Pune-based Shekar Ranganathan its first Asia-Pacific regional financial controller, the most senior financial position in the region. Earlier in the summer, Sturdy named India as one of five Asia-Pacific markets BNY Mellon is targeting for growth.

The bank has an on-the-ground presence in 34 countries, with $20.7 trillion in assets under custody and $926 million in assets under management globally.