Leadership

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J. Michael Shepherd 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. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of BNP Paribas Retail Banking.

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 Bank of the West and BancWest Corporation, Shepherd is also a director of First Hawaiian Bank, Pacific Mutual Holding Company, Pacific Life Insurance Company, Operation HOPE 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 Committee of the Stanford Hospital and Clinics, the Stanford Athletic Board and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is active in community affairs, including current service as President of the Federal Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board and the FDIC Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion. Shepherd served as a Director of the Presidio Trust from May 2008 to July 2012.

Shepherd is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Michigan Law School.