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Bank of the West is a strong and prudently managed bank that customers have entrusted with their money for over 135 years.

For more than 135 years, our bank’s foundation has been our relationships with customers.

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Press Releases

May 20, 2016

Bank of the West and BNP Paribas Host Second Annual International Hackathon Held June 17-19 at Galvanize in San Francisco

Bank of the West, in partnership with parent company BNP Paribas, will host the 2016 international hackathon, which takes place simultaneously starting June 17 over a 48-hour period in eight cities - San Francisco, Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Istanbul, Rome and Warsaw - where designers, developers, and young startup teams are invited to work on the overarching theme of enhancing the customer’s journey.

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Thoughts From Our Leadership Team

  • Michael Shepherd

    -J. Michael Shepherd
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
    Bank of the West and BancWest Corporation

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  • Thibault-Fulconis

    -Thibault Fulconis
    Vice Chairman, Chief Operating Officer


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  • Dan Cozine

    -Dan Cozine
    Managing Director, Head of Corporate and Commercial Banking Group


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  • Donald Duggan

    -Donald Duggan
    Senior Executive Vice President


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  • Kirsten Garen

    -Kirsten Garen
    Chief Information Officer, Senior Executive Vice President
    Information Technology Group

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  • Andy Harmening

    -Andy Harmening
    Vice Chairman, Consumer Banking


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  • Gilles Karpowicz

    -Gilles Karpowicz
    Executive Vice President Director of Audit and Inspection


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  • Russell Playford

    -Russell Playford
    Senior Executive Vice President


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  • Pierre Ramadier, Senior Executive Vice President

    -Pierre Ramadier
    Senior Executive Vice President
    Group Head, Wealth Management

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  • Jean Marc Torre

    -Jean-Marc Torre
    Senior Executive Vice President
    Commercial Banking Group

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  • Vanessa Washington

    -Vanessa Washington
    Senior Executive Vice President


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  • Paul Wible

    -Paul T. Wible
    Senior Executive Vice President


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Awards Gallery

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  • 2016

    Bank of the West Wealth Management Recognized by Private Asset Management Magazine

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  • 2015

    Bank of the West Named Best Commercial Bank in the Western United States by World Finance Magazine

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  • 2015

    Bank of the West Named Best Private Bank in the Western United States by World Finance Magazine

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