Leadership

Michael Shepherd

J. Michael Shepherd Chairman

Michael Shepherd is Chairman of BNP Paribas USA and of its subsidiaries BancWest Corporation and Bank of the West.

Shepherd joined Bank of the West in 2004 and held a succession of positions, including General Counsel, Chief Administrative Officer and President. He served as CEO from January 2008 – June 2016, when he assumed the additional role as Chairman of BNP Paribas USA.

Before joining Bank of the West, Shepherd was General Counsel of The Bank of New York Company, Inc. and of Shawmut National Corporation. He 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.

Shepherd is also a director of First Hawaiian Bank and of Pacific Life Insurance Company, where he is the Lead Director. He is a member of the Advisory Boards of FTV Capital and Promontory Interfinancial Network, the Executive Committee of the Bay Area Council, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Shepherd is active in community affairs, including current service as a member of the Investment and Finance Committees of Stanford Health Care, the FDIC Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion and the Business Executive Council of the University of California. He is a Director of The Clearing House. Shepherd has served as a Member and President of the Federal Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board, and as a Director of the Presidio Trust. 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.

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