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Chicago, IL | Dec 18, 2014

Bank of the West announced today that Matthew Weidle has been promoted to Director and Market Manager in the bank's Commercial Banking Group, focused on private and public businesses in Illinois and the Midwest. In his new role, Weidle will lead strategy for a team of bankers specializing in working with businesses with $25 million and higher in annual sales.

"We are happy to announce that Matthew Weidle has been promoted," said John Thurston, managing director and area manager of the bank's Commercial Coverage Group. "His contributions over the years have been outstanding and his focused leadership will further position us for growth."

Weidle has more than 13 years of experience as a commercial banking officer in diverse industries; he specializes in providing client solutions for operational needs, such as cash and treasury management and international trade solutions.

Since joining Bank of the West in 2011, Weidle has been a member of the bank's Private Equity (PE) team, leading efforts to establish the bank as the lender of choice for middle-market PE firms, serving as a primary relationship banker and leading senior debt financing. Weidle also managed relationships for subsidiaries of key corporate clients in Illinois and the Midwest for Bank of the West's parent company, BNP Paribas. Prior to Bank of the West, Weidle was a vice president at La Salle Bank and RBS Citizens.

Weidle holds a B.A. in Finance from Loyola University Chicago and volunteers his time for tax preparation for Ladder Up and Catholic Charities. He resides with his wife and son in Lakeview, IL.

Bank of the West's Commercial Banking Group (CBG) team meets the rapidly changing needs of growing businesses with annual revenues of $25 million and higher. CBG helps businesses achieve their unique visions by delivering smart and comprehensive solutions that fuel sustainable growth. With specialized sector expertise, CBG anticipates and tackles the challenges businesses face in industries including agriculture, commercial real estate, manufacturing and religious institutions. CBG offers clients the best of both worlds: the personalized relationships and community ties of a local bank backed by the international capabilities of BNP Paribas, one of the world's strongest financial groups.

About Bank of the West
Bank of the West is a regional financial services company chartered in California and headquartered in San Francisco with $69 billion in assets. Founded in 1874, Bank of the West provides a wide range of personal, commercial, wealth management and international banking services through more than 650 offices in 21 states and the internet ( Bank of the West is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, which has a presence in 80 countries with 190,000 employees.

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