Axel Hester
Managing Director of Securities Lending

Axel is a Managing Director for State Street Global Advisors, and Director of Securities Lending for SSGA in the Institutional Client Group. He is responsible for building and executing a strategy to enhance SSGA’s securities lending platform to the benefit of SSGA clients globally.
Before joining SSGA, Axel served as Executive Vice President of Investment Management and a member of the Leadership Team for Natural Systems Utilities where he was responsible for project finance and corporate development activities. Previous to this, Axel was a Director with Oppenheimer Alternative Investments in research and trading of a distressed debt hedge fund. He also spent 11 years in the securities lending industry leading corporate, equity and international securities lending for Metropolitan West Securities and Merrill Lynch Asset Management, helping to build 3rd party agent lending businesses.
Axel earned a BS in Engineering from Vanderbilt University with a major in Mgmt. of Technology and minor in Business Administration. He also earned his MBA from Columbia Business School with Gamma Beta Sigma Honors.