American Banker, a magazine source for banking and financial news, just released it’s 2016 list of “The 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking.” The list recognizes and congratulates 25 of the most successful women in the industry. Check out these featured women from the list according to AmericanBanker.com:
Beth Mooney- Chairman and CEO of Keycorp
As the first female CEO of a top 20 U.S. banking company, Beth Mooney tops the list as the the most powerful woman in banking. Since Mooney took control of Keycorp in 2011, the company’s profits and share price have steadily risen. Mooney has been recognized most recently by Fortune as one of “The Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Business”.
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Karen Peetz- President of BNY Mellon
As president of the world’s largest custody bank, a role she assumed in early 2013, Peetz oversees global and regional client management, treasury services, growth initiatives and innovation, and regulatory issues. In addition to this year’s No. 3 spot on American Banker’s “Top 25 Women in Banking,” Peetz was American Banker’s No. 1 “Woman to Watch” in 2015.
To see Karen Peetz’s full speaker profile, click here.
Carrie Tolstedt- Senior EVP, Community Banking, Wells Fargo
Carrie Tolstedt is responsible for retail, small business and business banking at Wells Fargo. She leads approximately 105,000 team members who serve 22 million retail banking households and over 2.5 million small business and business banking households. Tolstedt was also named by Fortune magazine as one of “The 50 Most Powerful Women in Business” in 2013.
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Avid Modjtabai- Senior EVP, Head of Consumer Lending, Wells Fargo
During her 20 years at Wells Fargo, Avid Modjtabai has been involved in — and often the head of — consumer deposits, technology and operations, Internet services, and human resources. As head of consumer lending since 2011, Modjtabai’s group has delivered solid results under a multiyear strategy to transform the business into a growth engine. As a strong proponent of workplace diversity, Modjtabai increased ethnic diversity by 6% across the top four management levels, and the ratio of female leaders increased by 5% in 2013.
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Cathy Bessant- Global Technology and Operations Executive, Bank of America
Since 2010, Bessant has been responsible for delivering end-to-end technology and operating services across the company through a team of more than 124,000 employees and contractors in more than 35 countries around the world. Bessant was named one of Computerworld’s 2013 “Premier 100 IT Leaders”, and was ranked No. 2 on the 2015 Institutional Investor “Tech 50” list of financial services leaders in technological achievement and innovation.
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Heather Cox- Chief Client Experience, Digital and Marketing Officer, Global Consumer Bank, Citigroup
Heather Cox, who is accountable for Citigroup’s customer satisfaction and the digital experience for 60 million consumer accounts globally, has rolled out a series of digital firsts including: launching an app for a wearable device that her team built in 120 days; creating innovation events for developers around the world to pitch their tech ideas; and making Citi one of the first U.S. banking companies to let customers check their account balances and transactions on a mobile app without having to type in user names and passwords on smartphone screens.
Jana Schreuder- COO, Northern Trust
Jana Schreuder is the first woman to hold the COO Title of Northern Trust, a $106 billion-asset company, in its 125-year history. Schreuder leads a staff of 6,500 worldwide and her overarching goal is “to make it easier to do business with Northern Trust.” One of her initiatives is using sophisticated customer data to figure out where to invest. She also established Northern Trust’s first innovation lab that applies feedback from clients and partners to product design.
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Barbara Desoer- CEO, Citibank
Barbara Desoer joined the banking unit of Citigroup as chief operating officer in 2013 after more than 30 years with Bank of America. Since becoming CEO in April 2014, she has been overseeing a major consolidation of its retail footprint. At the same time, Desoer says the bank will continue to serve commercial clients in 100 countries. Since joining Citibank, Desoer has worked toward greater workplace diversity by encouraging women to apply if they meet 40% of a position’s requirements, and also to ensure that any panel interviewing job candidates includes men and women.
Diane Reyes- Group General Manager, Global Head of Payments and Cash Management, HSBC
Since 2011, Diane Reyes has served as HSBC’s global head of payments and cash management. The division manages $7.3 billion in annual revenue and more than 1 million clients. Last year, Reyes worked to boost resources and successfully lobbied HSBC to add technology investments and talent to the cash management and payments division. Reyes’s group’s revenue grew 7% year after year, driven by new customer mandates, higher transaction volumes and growth in liability balances.
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Anne Finucane- Vice Chairman and Global Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, Bank of America
Anne Finucane is in charge of setting strategy, managing marketing and advertising, and overseeing Bank of America’s lobbying efforts in which she counsels the board on issues related to reputation and public policy. Finucane stresses the importance of Corporate social responsibility as her company seeks to rebuild its credibility following the financial crisis. Also as chair of the company’s charitable foundation, Finucane is overseeing an ambitious plan to give away $2 billion over 10 years. Her team also manages a $1.2 billion portfolio that invests in community development financial institutions. With her expertise in charity, Finucane is often asked to serve on corporate and nonpofit boards.
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Dorothy Savarese- President and CEO, The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank
Dorothy Savarese is the first woman to serve as chief executive at her Massachusetts-based thrift in its 150 years. Savarese is also one of the only two women to have ever been named chairman of the American Bankers Association. In Savarese’s decade of leadership, The Cape Cod Five Cents Saving Bank’s assets have more than doubled, and in the past year they opened two branches and two loan production offices. Currently the thrift has $2.7 billion in assets and just over 450 employees. With these numbers, the thrift has made a name for itself by outperforming larger rivals in its region.
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Rilla Delorier- EVP, Consumer Channels, SunTrust Banks
Rilla Delorier has oversight of SunTrust’s 1,470-branch retail network, which brings in a third of the company’s revenue. Delorier is spearheading a transformation project in which she has overhauled the branches to add technology such as video tellers and a self-service safe deposit box, which she says is a first among U.S. banks. The Atlanta company is also spending $100 million on mobile and online banking projects as part of a new strategy that is Delorier’s responsibility. Her work to implement more seamless automated service across channels already has resulted in tens of millions of savings in operating expenses.
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Mary Walworth Navarro- Senior EVP, Retail and Banking Director, Huntington Bancshares
Mary Walworth Navarro has been senior executive vice president and retail and business banking director of The Huntington National Bank inc. since February 2005. As the leader of retail and business operations, Navarro has helped craft a “fair play” approach that looks out for customers in some key ways. The businesses Navarro leads generate nearly half of Huntington National Bank’s total revenue.
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Leslie Godridge- EVP, National Corporate Specialized Industries and Global Treasury Management, U.S. Bancorp
Leslie Godridge has led the National Corporate and Institutional Banking unit at U.S. Bancorp for eight years, and in that time she has broadened its scope from regional to national and grown its loan portfolio significantly. Now she is having similar success with the Global Treasury Management unit that she took on in February 2014. Under her leadership, the unit is now profitable after previously posting eight straight years of losses. Another priority for Godridge is trying to promote a culture of caring and volunteerism among her staff of 800 people, and raising U.S. Bancorp’s profile in New York City, where she is based.
Karen Larrimer- Chief Customer Officer, PNC Financial Services Group
Since taking the post 18 months ago, Karen Larrimer has launched programs to help PNC Financial Services Group increase customer experience, and help employees understand how their interactions affect individual customers. She has encouraged the company to establish customer-specific goals for each of its 54,000 employees, and to assess them in annual performance reviews.
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Patricia “Patti” Husic- President and CEO, Centric Bank
Patricia Husic’s first leadership role in the industry came in July 2005, when she was named president of Vartan National Bank in Harrisburg. However, less than two years after she had settled into the role, delinquent loans ballooned to more than 3% of the portfolio. To combat the problem, Husic put together an investment group that bought and rebranded Vartan in only a 113-day span in 2007. After struggling during the depths of the financial crisis, the bank now known as Centric has posted five consecutive annual profits and is well on its way to a sixth.
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Andrea Smith- Chief Administrative Officer, Bank of America
Since joining the Bank of America in 1988, Andrea Smith has held a wide range of human resources posts, including senior human resources executive for the Bank of America Merrill Lynch unit. However, in recent years her role has expanded far beyond the oversight of BofA’s more than 220,000 employees. Last year, Smith — already responsible for a personnel budget of $34 billion — added global corporate services to her duties. That gave her oversight of its nearly $5 billion of corporate expenses and nearly 100 million square feet of real estate in 46 countries. She also oversees thousands of vendor relationships, employee services such as expense reimbursement and travel, corporate security, executive protection and corporate aviation.
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Janice Fukakusa- Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Royal Bank of Canada
Janice Fukakusa serves as chair of Royal Bank of Canada’s group operating committee. With acquisitions being one of her primary expertise areas, Fukasa’s recent signoff cleared the way for a $5.4 billion deal to buy the Los Angeles-based company City National, and she is now leading the preparations to absorb its operations into RBC. The transaction, expected to close by the end of the year, would mark RBC’s return to the U.S. retail banking market after a three-year absence.
Anne Clarke Wolff- Head of Global Corporate Banking and Global Leasing, Bank of America
As head of global corporate banking at Bank of America since 2011, Anne Clarke Wolff led a successful push abroad into capital raising, global transaction services and risk management while deepening relationships with multinational clients in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. This spring, she was given the additional responsibility of leading the global leasing unit, which serves 64,000 clients worldwide across industries such as aviation, health care and energy services. Wolff also serves on various nonprofit boards including: the board of the Brooklyn Historical Society, and The Public Theater’s board of trustees.
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Karen Parkhill- Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer, Comerica
Karen Parkhill joined Comerica in 2011. As Chief Financial Officer, Parkhill has direct management of Finance, overseeing Accounting, Business Finance, Corporate Planning and Development, Investor Relations, Treasury and Economics, with responsibility for all financial reporting. Under Parkhill’s direction, Comerica has changed the way it approaches its annual reviews with an approach to provide Comerica’s employees real feedback. Managers now discuss three strengths and three weaknesses with their direct reports — skills that employees need to “develop,” as the company describes it.
Sandy Pierce- Vice Chairman, FirstMerit Corp.; Chairman and CEO, FirstMerit Michigan
Sandy Pierce, who joined Akron, Ohio-based FirstMerit Corp. in 2013, was at National Bank of Detroit for 27 years and then president and CEO of Rhode Island-based RBS Citizens Financial Group Inc.’s Charter One branches in Michigan. Her most meaningful work has come in the past three years. She served as chairman of the Financial Advisory Board that guided Detroit through its historic bankruptcy. At FirstMerit, Pierce was deeply involved in the integration of the $9.6 billion-asset Citizens Republic Bancorp. Pierce is highly regarded for her work at FirstMerit and for her civic involvement in metro Detroit.
Ranjana Clark- Head of Transaction Banking Americas, MUFG Union Bank
When Ranjana Clark joined MUFG Union Bank in 2016, she soon realized that its historically conservative approach to accepting deposits was limiting growth. Clark saw an opportunity to expand deposits by carving out niche holding deposits from other financial institutions. As a result of Clark’s initiative, her group recently obtained clearance to raise more than $1 billion of deposits from select businesses in the financial institutions category, even as others like JPMorgan Chase and GE Capital have quit the business line. In an industry content with low single-digit growth, her group posted double-digit increases in deposits last year. More importantly, it beat core earnings projections by over $50 million.
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