Kirsten Garen

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

As Chief Information Officer, Garen is responsible for the bank’s technology platform and leads strategy for technology innovation, including enhancing mobile and online banking, extending online investment capabilities, and the secure gathering and usage of customer data.

Based in San Francisco, Garen joined Bank of the West in 2011. Previously, she held positions at Visa Inc., Charles Schwab & Co., and Bankers Trust Company. She is a member of the board of directors of the Redwood City, Calif.-based non-profit Raising A Reader.

Garen received her MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

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