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J. Michael Shepherd
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Bank of the West and BancWest Corporation
Michael Shepherd is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bank of the West and of BancWest Corporation, the parent company of Bank of the West and First Hawaiian Bank.
Shepherd joined Bank of the West in 2004 and served in a succession of positions, including General Counsel, Chief Administrative Officer and President, before becoming CEO in January 2008.
Before joining Bank of the West, Shepherd served as General Counsel of The Bank of New York Company, Inc. and of Shawmut National Corporation. He was a partner in the San Francisco law firm of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP and Special Counsel to Sullivan & Cromwell. Shepherd also served in government as Senior Deputy Comptroller of the Currency, Associate Counsel to the President of the United States and Deputy Assistant Attorney General.
In addition to serving as Chairman of the Boards of Bank of the West and BancWest Corporation, Shepherd is also a director of First Hawaiian Bank, Pacific Life Insurance Company and Promontory Interfinancial Network. He is a member of the Advisory Board of FTV Capital, the Executive Committee of the Bay Area Council, the Investment and Finance Committees of the Stanford Hospital and Clinics, the Stanford Athletic Board and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Shepherd is active in community affairs, including current service as a member of the FDIC Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion and the Business Executive Council of the University of California and as a Director of Operation HOPE. He served as a Member and as President of the Federal Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board (2012- 2014), and as a Director of the Presidio Trust (2008-2012). He received the HOPE Silver Rights Vision Award in 2015 and was the 2013 Recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award of B’nai B’rith International.
Shepherd is a graduate of Stanford University and of the University of Michigan Law School.