Press Release

Spencer Gould Joins Bank of the West Wealth Management in Los Angeles to Strengthen the Family Wealth Advisors Team
Los Angeles, CA | May 04, 2016

Bank of the West Wealth Management today announced that Spencer Gould has joined as senior client executive in the Los Angeles office of Family Wealth Advisors, a division of the Bank’s Wealth Management Group that specializes in advising ultra-high-net worth clients with assets of $25 million or more. Launched in 2015, Family Wealth Advisors helps individuals, families and family offices achieve their vision and goals with an exclusive global network of resources, objective strategic advice, and a suite of both financial and non-financial solutions.

“Whether serving an individual or multi-generational family, Spencer takes a holistic approach in understanding each client’s unique goals and priorities,” said Steve Prostano, head of Family Wealth Advisors. “He will play an integral role by acting as a strategic advisor to our clients, delivering them customized and creative solutions for their specific needs.”

Gould has over 30 years of experience supporting clients with complex wealth management needs, acting as a relationship manager and primary point of contact. His broad prospective comes from having held positions with some of the largest financial institutions in the country, including Bank of America’s Private Bank and BNY Mellon Wealth Management, in addition to smaller boutique firms.

Gould has expertise in integrating custom investment management strategies with clients’ unique estate planning structures and goals. In addition, he will advise on how to utilize credit solutions strategically across Bank of the West’s broad lending capabilities.

Mr. Gould holds his Series 7 and 65. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the American University of Paris, France.

About Bank of the West Wealth Management Group:
Bank of the West Wealth Management provides wealth planning, investment management*, personal banking, philanthropy, and trust services. The group is part of BNP Paribas' global wealth management business of more than 6,300 professionals in 30 countries worldwide with more than $10 billion** in assets under management in the United States and €327 billion ($356 billion) in assets under management globally as of December 31, 2015.

About Bank of the West:
Bank of the West is a regional financial services company chartered in California and headquartered in San Francisco with $75.7 billion in assets as of December 31, 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 180,000 employees.

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Media contact:
Ayele Ajavon, Bank of the West Corporate Communications
Office: (415) 432-3501
Ayele.ajavon@bankofthewest.com

 **Securities and variable annuities are offered through BancWest Investment Services, a registered broker/dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC, and SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Financial Advisors are Registered Representatives of BancWest Investment Services. Fixed annuities/insurance products are offered through BancWest Insurance Agency in California, (License #0C52321), through BancWest Insurance Agency in Utah and through BancWest Investment Services, Inc. in AZ, CO, IA, ID, KS, MN, MO, ND, NE, NM, NV, OK, OR, SD, WA, WI, WY, HI, GUAM and CNMI. Advisory Services are offered through BancWest Investment Services, an SEC-registered investment advisor. Bank of the West and its various affiliates and subsidiaries are not tax or legal advisors. BancWest Investment Services is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of the West and a part of the Wealth Management Group. BancWest Corporation is the holding company for Bank of the West. BancWest Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of BNP Paribas. **Assets under management refers to assets under administration, management, advisement, and on deposit, including assets with our affiliate BancWest Investment Services ("BancWest") as of December 31, 2015.

**Assets under management refers to assets under administration, management, advisement, and on deposit, including assets with our affiliate BancWest Investment Services ("BancWest") as of December 31, 2015.

Deposit and loan products offered by Bank of the West, Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender. In South Dakota, Bank of the West operates under the name Bank of the West California. Bank of the West Wealth Management offers products and services through Bank of the West and its various affiliates and subsidiaries.

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