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The Bank of New York has promoted Karen Ziegler Kelly ’84 to vice president in corporate trust administration at its Atlanta office. She is part of a team of relationship managers responsible for supervising a portfolio of corporate trust accounts, which are comprised of several different issuers of various types of bonds.

Although The Bank of New York’s primary role as trustee of these bond issues is to protect the bondholders, Kelly’s responsibilities include building and servicing client relationships, administering day-to-day activities for these accounts, negotiating new appointments, coordinating services with other areas of the bank, and monitoring contractual obligations for the accounts.

“The best part of my job is the retentive marketing efforts I make in order to secure additional business opportunities with clients, law firms, investment bankers, and other industry professionals,” she says. “It is the contact with other professionals in different industries as well as the people with whom I work at The Bank of New York that make my job interesting.”

Kelly spent nine years in Manhattan with Morgan Guaranty Trust Company, Bankers Trust, and Chemical Bank before relocating to Atlanta and staying at home with her children for the next ten years. She rejoined the work force in May 2003.

“I have always respected Lorenzo Traldi [Metzgar Professor and head of mathematics], who enabled me to recognize that perseverance can go a long way,” says Kelly, a French graduate. “My Lafayette education and experiences have been instrumental in furnishing me with the skills necessary to pursue additional opportunities in the professional world.”

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