Howard I. Atkins

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Howard I. Atkins
Occupation Senior Executive Vice President, CFO
Employer Wells Fargo & Co.

Howard I. Atkins is senior executive vice president and chief financial officer for Wells Fargo & Co.. He is responsible for the company’s financial management functions, its investment portfolios, and its corporate properties functions. He joined the company in 2001.[1]

He is a member of the American Banker CFO Advisory Board, the Financial Executives Institute, and the Conference Board. He also is a director of Ingram Micro, the largest IT distributor in the world.


Previously, he was executive vice-president and chief financial officer of New York Life Insurance Company, responsible for financial management and information technology.[2]

Before joining New York Life in 1996, he was chief financial officer at Midlantic Corporation before its merger with PNCBank Corp. He helped design and oversee Midlantic’s financial restructuring, taking the company from near bankruptcy to one with among the best operating margins, productivity levels and capital ratios in commercial banking in the United States at that time.

He also spent 17 years at Chase Manhattan Bank, where he rose to corporate treasurer. During his tenure at Chase, he was responsible for asset liability management, capital planning, funding, and investments and interest rate insurance products. He spent four years in Europe with responsibility for Chase’s foreign exchange and capital markets business.


Atkins received a B.S. degree in mathematics from City College, New York, and his master’s degree in economics from Ohio State University.


  1. Howard I. Atkins Bio. Wells Fargo & Co..
  2. Howard I. Atkins Executive Profile. Businessweek.