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Bank of the West Announces Leadership Moves in Equipment Finance Division
SAN FRANCISCO | Sep 22, 2015

Bank of the West today announced the appointment of Paul Knowlton as vice president and national program manager in its Equipment Finance Division, replacing Dave Johnson who is retiring this year. In his new role, Knowlton is responsible for developing, implementing and growing vendor finance programs at the Bank, while working with manufactures and national distributors to grow sales and improve margins.

“We are excited that Paul has joined the team, as he brings a tremendous amount of experience in both equipment finance and banking,” said James Elwood, managing director for the Vendor Finance Group at Bank of the West. “I am confident that Paul is the right person to succeed Dave, and to help continue the legacy of excellence that he leaves behind.”

Knowlton began his Equipment Finance career with Textron Financial working with their Hunter Engineering finance program, and he has maintained close ties in the automotive aftermarket. He has held both sales and management roles within the industry and was most recently program manager of Equipment Finance at Union Bank.

Knowlton, a graduate of the University of Oregon, is a Certified Lease & Finance Professional and has served as President of the National Equipment Finance Association.

About Bank of the West:

Bank of the West is a regional financial services company chartered in California and headquartered in San Francisco with $72.5 billion in assets as of June 30, 2015. Founded in 1874, Bank of the West provides a wide range of personal, commercial, wealth management and international banking services through more than 600 offices in 22 states and digital channels. Bank of the West is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, which has a presence in 75 countries with 185,000 employees.


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Ayele Ajavon, Bank of the West 
Corporate Communications 

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