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Bank of the West is a strong and prudently managed bank that customers have entrusted with their money for over 135 years.

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Latest News

2014 Proposals Now Accepted for the Vintage Report Innovation Award Presented by Bank of the West

Fruition Sciences
San Francisco & Napa, CA | Aug 11, 2014

Bank of the West’s Premium Wine Group and Fruition Sciences announced today that applications are now being accepted for the Vintage Report Innovation Award, which celebrates breakthroughs and sustainability in viticulture by recognizing groundbreaking methods and practices employed during the 2014 vintage.

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Bank of the West Returns as Cheyenne Frontier Days Presenting Sponsor

Cheyenne, WY | Jul 16, 2014

Bank of the West today announced that it is returning as presenting sponsor of Cheyenne Frontier Days, the 10 day event featuring the country’s largest outdoor rodeo that runs from July 18 – 27 in Cheyenne, WY. This year marks the 25th year of Bank of the West sponsorship; it has served as presenting sponsor since 2010.

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Bank of the West Honors GSRBM Graduates

Graduate school of retail banking
Greenville, SC | Jul 30, 2014

Yesterday, six employees of Bank of the West graduated from the CBA/BAI Graduate School of Retail Bank Management (GSRBM), hosted at Furman University. GSRBM, which is marking its 62nd year with 5,095 graduates, offers the banking industry's top talent the knowledge and skills required to become the leaders of tomorrow. In the course of three years, the program, which is designed and conducted by leading industry practitioners, immerses students in real world scenarios experienced daily by retail banks.

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Thoughts From Our Leadership Team

  • Michael Shepherd

    -J. Michael Shepherd
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
    Bank of the West and BancWest Corporation

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  • Thibault-Fulconis

    -Thibault Fulconis
    Vice Chairman

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  • John Bahnken

    -John Bahnken
    Senior Executive Vice President
    Wealth Management Group

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  • Michael Bracco

    -Michael R. Bracco
    Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer

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  • Duke Dayal

    -Duke Dayal
    Chief Financial Officer

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  • Donald Duggan

    -Donald Duggan
    Senior Executive Vice President

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  • Kirsten Garen

    -Kirsten Garen
    Chief Information Officer, Executive Vice President
    Information Technology Group

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  • Scott Germer

    -Scott Germer
    Senior Executive Vice President Risk Manager

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  • Andy Harmening

    -Andy Harmening
    Senior Executive Vice President Regional Banking Group

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  • Gilles Karpowicz

    -Gilles Karpowicz
    Executive Vice President Director of Audit and Inspection

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  • Russell Playford

    -Russell Playford
    Senior Executive Vice President

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  • Jean Marc Torre

    -Jean-Marc Torre
    Senior Executive Vice President
    Commercial Banking Group

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  • Vanessa Washington

    -Vanessa Washington
    Senior Executive Vice President

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  • Paul Wible

    -Paul T. Wible
    Senior Executive Vice President

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  • ath Power Small Business Banking


    Bank of the West Ranks First in ath Power Small Business Banking Study

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  • Greenwich Associates


    Bank of the West Earns 2013 Greenwich Small Business and Middle Market Banking Excellence Award in 11 Categories

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  • Silicon Valley Business Journal


    Vanessa Washington is winner for the Diversity Champion Corporate Counsel Awards

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Press Releases

Feb 23, 2015

Bank of the West Strengthens its Omaha Team with Key Hire

Bank of the West is pleased to announce that Brian Overby has joined the organization as vice president and senior private client advisor II in its Omaha market. In his new role, Overby will be responsible for ensuring wealth management clients are provided their bank deposit needs, private mortgage banking, consumer and business lending, trust services, investment management, insurance services, retirement planning and business succession.

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