Kestra Financial, an independent advisor platform based in Texas, has appointed Kris Chester as its new COO.

In the new role, Chester will manage the simplification and streamlining of business processing and enhance the firm’s commitment to empowering its advisers with the latest technology and service.

Chester most recently held the role of executive vice president and head of treasury management implementation and delivery at Wells Fargo Bank.

She assumed this role in 2012, with responsibility for heading a team that integrated the bank’s treasury management solutions. Altogether, she worked at Wells Fargo for 18 years.

Kestra Financial CEO James Poer 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.”