Byers joined Dreyfus, a subsidiary of Mellon Financial Corporation, in January last year as director of investments after a stint at Gruntal & Co as partner, executive vice president of capital markets and treasurer.
Between 1986 and 1997 he was employed by PaineWebber, most recently as managing director of Mitchell Hutchins Asset Management, where he was responsible for investment management and risk management activities.
He worked for Citibank from 1978 to 1986 after beginning his career as a financial analyst with American Airlines in 1976.
Byers received a bachelor’s degree in economics and master’s degree in finance from Long Island University.
Stephen E. Canter, who previously held the position of chief investment officer at Dreyfus, was appointed chairman and chief executive officer in May.