Wells Fargo & Co. named Jim Hays president and head of St. Louis-based Wells Fargo Advisors, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported. Hays, who succeeds David Kowach, reports to Jonathan Weiss, head of Wealth & Investment Management. Hayes joined the company 14 years ago and most recently was head of the newly formed Private Wealth Financial Advisors group. He also previously led the Private Client Group and Wealth Brokerage Services. He has a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Virginia. Wells Fargo Advisors, which had $1.7 trillion in client assets as of June 30, provides investment advice to clients through 13,799 financial advisers and referrals from 5,390 licensed bankers.