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Ken Cella

Principal, Head of External Affairs

At A Glance

  • Joined Edward Jones in 1990
  • Enterprise Leadership Team
  • Named an Edward Jones principal in 2002

Ken Cella is head of External Affairs responsible for fostering strategic partnerships, expanding relationships with policymakers, industry leaders and other influencers to make a greater impact on society. He is a member of the firm's Enterprise Leadership Team, which guides the firm strategy to grow its impact and create value for clients, colleagues and communities, today and in the future.

Ken began his Edward Jones career in 1990 as a financial advisor and was named a principal in 2002. In 2012, he was asked to lead Branch Training, the area responsible for the professional development of financial advisors and branch office administrators, and in 2022, he took over sole responsibility for the Branch Development division.

Ken serves as chair for the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Board of Directors. At Edward Jones, he helps support the firm's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion by serving as the senior executive sponsor of the Interfaith Business Resource Group.

He is deeply engaged in the St. Louis community. He serves as Chair of the University of Missouri-St. Louis Chancellor’s Council, on the board of directors for Greater St. Louis, Inc., as board chair for Chamber STL, and on the Concordance Academy of Leadership Board of Directors.

Ken has a degree in marketing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. He is also a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School’s Securities Industry Institute.

He is a native of St. Louis, where he currently resides with his wife and their four children.

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