Press Release


San Francisco, Calif | Apr 15, 2011

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John Bahnken Joins Bank of the West as Head of Wealth Management

Bank of the West announced today that investment and banking executive John Bahnken has joined its executive management team as the head of its Wealth Management Group.

"Delivering the best service and right solutions for customers is the cornerstone of our business.  Through our Wealth Management team, we are able to provide to our customers a full complement of financial planning, investment management, trust and estate services," said Michael Shepherd, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "I know that John will be a strong resource for our clients."

With more than 30 years of experience, Bahnken has a track record of success developing comprehensive wealth management solutions.  Bahnken spent 17 years at Bank of America where he most recently was president of its Global Wealth & Investment Management Products Group and earlier had been chief operating officer of Banc of America Investment Services.  Additionally, Bahnken served as president of Fleet Securities and held a range of senior executive positions at Norstar, Prudential Securities and HSBC Americas.

"I'm excited to have John with us at the bank.  He has a deep understanding of what wealth management clients are looking for today from their advisors," said President and Chief Operating Officer Maura Markus. 

Bank of the West serves customers in 50 states and is a member of the BNP Paribas Group, which includes a leading global wealth management business with more than 6,000 professionals worldwide and €239 billion in assets under management.

Bahnken said, "I've long been impressed by Bank of the West's reputation for excellent customer service.  I am pleased to join the bank and the BNP Paribas Group." 

About Bank of the West: 
Founded in 1874, $58 billion-asset Bank of the West (www.bankofthewest.com) offers a full range of personal, commercial, wealth management and international banking services. The bank operates more than 700 retail and commercial banking locations in 19 Western and Midwestern states. Bank of the West is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, one of the world's largest and best rated financial institutions with more than 200,000 employees in more than 80 countries.

Media Contact: Heather Harper
Vice President, Corporate Communications, Bank of the West
Office: (415) 765-8087; mobile: (415) 912-7430
heather.harper@bankofthewest.com

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