Kestra Financial Appoints Kris Chester as Chief Operating Officer

A veteran of the financial services industry, Chester will enhance Kestra Financial’s commitment to empowering advisors’ success

AUSTIN, Texas--()--Industry-leading independent advisor platform Kestra Financial, Inc. (Kestra Financial) today announced that it has hired experienced financial services professional Kris Chester as Chief Operating Officer.

Chester is a strategic, innovative leader with expertise in merger integration, business transformation, product development and client delivery, among other areas. At Kestra Financial, she will be responsible for ensuring the firm offers its sophisticated advisors the latest technology and highest-quality service. She will also oversee the continued simplification and streamlining of business processing.

“Kestra Financial prides itself on having an empowering and engaged team to support our upstream, growth-motivated advisors,” James Poer, CEO of Kestra Financial, said. “Kris’s experience in securing and implementing state-of-the-art innovation and technology, coupled with her commitment to quality and excellence, will support our advisors in providing a client experience that is second-to-none.”

Chester has spent the past 18 years at Wells Fargo Bank. Most recently she served as Executive Vice President, Head of Treasury Management Implementation & Delivery, a position she held since 2012. In that capacity, she led a 750+ person team that implemented and integrated the bank’s Treasury Management solutions, among other responsibilities.

Chester holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration – Finance from Texas A&M University. She also graduated with high honors from the BAI Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin. She is a Certified Treasury Professional.

“My entire career has been spent helping financial services organizations exceed customer expectations while outpacing their industry peers,” Chester said. “Kestra Financial’s commitment to providing an engaging work culture and helping advisors grow their practices is what attracted to me to join this dynamic organization. I’m looking forward to helping Kestra Financial continue its mission of empowering advisor success.”

About Kestra Financial

Kestra Financial, Inc. (Kestra Financial) provides a leading independent advisor platform that empowers sophisticated, independent financial professionals, including traditional and hybrid RIAs, to prosper, grow, and provide superior client service. With a culture rich in reinvention and advisor advocacy, Kestra Financial has developed integrated business management technology that, combined with its personalized consulting services, offers exceptional scale and efficiency.

Headquartered in the “Silicon Hills” of Austin, Texas, Kestra Financial offers an experience as unique as the city in which it operates. The firm supports more than 1,700 independent financial advisors in delivering comprehensive securities and investment advisory services to their clients. Kestra Financial is the parent company of Kestra Investment Services, LLC, member FINRA/SIPC, and also of Kestra Advisory Services, LLC; Kestra Private Wealth Services, LLC; and Kestra Institutional Services, LLC, all federally registered investment advisers. For more information about Kestra Financial, please visit

Securities offered through Kestra Investment Services, LLC, member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through Kestra Advisory Services, LLC.


Gregory FCA for Kestra Financial
Lauren Davis, 610-228-2103

Release Summary

Kestra Financial appoints financial industry veteran Kris Chester as Chief Operating Officer.


Gregory FCA for Kestra Financial
Lauren Davis, 610-228-2103