Leadership

Nandita Bakhshi

Nandita Bakhshi President and Chief Executive Officer of Bank of the West
Chief Executive Officer of BancWest
Co-Chief Executive Officer of BNP Paribas USA Inc.

Nandita Bakhshi is President and Chief Executive Officer of Bank of the West, Chief Executive Officer of BancWest, and co-Chief Executive Officer of BNP Paribas USA Inc. Bakhshi also serves on the Board of Directors of Bank of the West, BancWest and BNP Paribas USA, and is a member of Bank of the West’s Executive Management Committee.

Bakhshi joined Bank of the West in June 2016 and oversees a team of more than 10,000 employees across the Bank’s five business lines, including Commercial Banking, Personal Finance, Retail Banking, Small and Medium Enterprise Banking, and Wealth Management. Her vision for the Bank’s future focuses on improving the customer experience, building a culture of innovation, and solidifying Bank of the West’s reputation as the local bank with global expertise.

Prior to joining Bank of the West, Bakhshi worked at TD Bank, where she held several leadership positions, including Executive Vice President and Head of North American Direct Channels. In that role, she was responsible for driving innovation in direct and electronic channels to improve digital adoption and provide customers a unified banking experience. Earlier, she served as Executive Vice President and Head of Consumer Banking at TD Bank in the U.S.

Before TD Bank, Bakhshi was Executive Vice President of Consumer Deposits and Payments at Washington Mutual in Seattle (acquired by JP Morgan Chase). She also held leadership positions at FleetBoston (acquired by Bank of America), and First Data (acquired by Fiserv). She started her banking career as a part-time teller at a regional bank in upstate New York.

Bakhshi is a member of the FDIC Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion. She also serves on the Global Board of Directors of Operation Hope; the Board of Directors of the US India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF); the Board of Trustees of the World Affairs Council; the Supervisory Board of The Clearing House; and is a member of the Pacific Bankers Management Institute Board of Directors at the Pacific Coast Banking School (PCBS).

American Banker named her one of the top 4 Most Powerful Women in Banking in 2018 and the #1 Woman to Watch in Banking in 2016. The San Francisco Business Times recognized her as one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business in 2018, and in 2017, honored her and two other CEOs with the inaugural Inspire Award for women who are leading their companies with creativity, integrity and strategic vision.

Bakhshi holds a Master of Arts in international relations from Jadavpur University and a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Calcutta.

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