Press Release


San Francisco, Calif. | Dec 12, 2011

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Bank of the West Wealth Management Hires Senior Marketing and Business Development Executive

Bank of the West announced today that marketing and business development executive Brian Katz has joined as senior vice president to lead its Wealth Management Group's Banking & Sales Strategy team.

This newly created unit within the bank's Wealth Management Group is responsible for developing a distinctive range of deposit and loan products tailored for the needs of the group's affluent and high net worth clients.  The team led by Katz will also include dedicated private mortgage bankers and credit specialists to support the delivery of loan products.  Additionally, the Banking & Sales Strategy unit has responsibility for the Wealth Management Group's marketing, sales management, client experience, complimentary sales and service channel development, and fiduciary-related technology and operations.

"As our client needs are changing and becoming more complex, we're making sure we continue to grow and adapt our business to deliver the advisory-based relationships, comprehensive range of solutions and personalized service that affluent and high net worth individuals want from their advisor," said John Bahnken, head of Bank of the West's Wealth Management Group and senior executive vice president.  "Brian's knowledge and experience will be strong assets for our team as we work to enhance the integrated solutions we provide for our affluent and high net worth clients to address the range of financial issues they face."

Katz joins Bank of the West after having served as a senior marketing executive at a range of companies including Aegon, UBS and MetLife.  Katz earned a Master's degree at Emerson College and a bachelor's degree at University of Southern California.

Bank of the West Wealth Management provides wealth planning consulting, investment management*, personal banking, and trust services.  The group is part of BNP Paribas' global wealth management business of more than 6,000 professionals worldwide with nearly $10 billion** in assets under management in the United States and $365 billion (€257 billion) in assets under management globally as of December 31, 2010.

About Bank of the West: 
Founded in 1874, $59 billion-asset Bank of the West (www.bankofthewest.com), member FDIC and equal housing lender, 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 banks*** with more than 200,000 employees in more than 80 countries.

Media contact: 
Heather Harper, Bank of the West Corporate Communications
415-765-8087 office
heather.harper@bankofthewest.com

*Investments and variable annuities are offered through BancWest Investment Services, Inc., a registered broker/dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC.  Financial Advisors and Private Client Advisors are registered representatives of BancWest Investment Services, Inc.  Fixed annuities/insurance products are offered through BancWest Insurance Agency in California (License # 0C52321) and through BancWest Insurance Agency in Utah, and through BancWest Investment Services in AZ, CO, IA, ID, KS, MN, MO, ND, NE, NM, NV, OK, OR, SD, WA, WI, WY

Bank of the West Wealth Management provides financial products and services through Bank of the West and its various affiliates and subsidiaries.  Neither BancWest Investment Services, Inc., nor Bank of the West offers tax, accounting, regulatory or legal advice to clients.

BancWest Investment Services, Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of the West. BancWest Corporation is the holding company for Bank of the West.  BancWest Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of BNP Paribas. 

Investment, Annuity, and Insurance products are:

NOT FDIC INSURED • NOT BANK GUARANTEED • MAY LOSE VALUE • NOT A DEPOSIT • NOT INSURED BY ANY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AGENCY
** Including assets under supervision at BancWest Investment Services
***Rated AA- by Standard & Poor's as of October 14, 2011

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