Press Release

Bank of the West Strengthens its Chicago-based Team with National Banking Officer
Chicago, IL | Nov 24, 2014

Bank of the West today announced that Diane Marshall has been appointed as a vice president, national banking officer in its Commercial Banking Group (CBG). In her new role, Marshall will be responsible for new business development, due diligence, underwriting, negotiating and structuring middle-market transactions in the Chicago market.

Bank of the West's National Banking team in Chicago offers lending, capital markets, cash management, trade financing, and other solutions to companies and their principals. The office is focused on serving middle-market companies with annual revenues of $25 million or more located in the Midwest. The office was established in July 2011.

"The Chicago National Banking office has experienced strong growth since its establishment more than three years ago. During this time, Bank of the West has added a significant number of high-quality, deep relationships with middle market companies across the Midwest," said John Thurston, managing director and area manager of the bank's Commercial Coverage Group. "The addition of Diane Marshall further supports the bank's commitment to growing its presence in the market, and we are excited to welcome Diane to our team."

Marshall has more than 11 years of experience as a commercial banker to clients across a diverse range of industries. She has delivered solutions to address clients' operational needs, such as cash management. Most recently, Marshall was a vice president for Fifth Third Bank in its Structured Finance Group serving middle-market private equity-owned companies.

Marshall holds a bachelor degree in Business Management from DePaul University and an MBA from North Park University. She is the Treasurer for Keeping the Promise Foundation that provides college scholarships to students in the Elgin, Illinois area. She currently resides in Chicago, IL.

Bank of the West's Commercial Banking Group 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 (bankofthewest.com). 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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Media contact:
Ayele Ajavon, Bank of the West
Corporate Communications
415-432-3501
Ayele.Ajavon@bankofthewest.com

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