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Several Major Bank Appointments were made last week at Banks Such as Willamette Valley, Oregon Pacific, and Centric Bank

New C-suite appointment at Banc of California, while Wells Fargo announces HR leadership change

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Several Major Bank Appointments were made last week at Banks Such as Willamette Valley, Oregon Pacific, and Centric Bank

Willamette Valley Bank – The community bank, headquartered in Salem, has appointed Ryan Allbritton as senior vice president and chief banking officer.

Allbritton has held various of roles for large national banks including regional president which involved overseeing the growth and development of branches throughout the Willamette Valley region, as well as being heavily involved in the community serving as president of the Salem Chamber of Commerce, president of the United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley, and board member of SEDCOR and numerous other non-profit organizations.

Oregon Pacific Bank James Atwood will become Ocean Pacific Bank’s chief credit officer from June 25, 2021, succeeding Robert Edstrom who is set to retire.

Edstrom joined Oregon Pacific Bank in 2014 and has made significant contributions to the organization leading the loan approval process during a period of substantial growth between 2016 and 2020. He also revitalized the bank’s credit risk practices and implemented instrumental underwriting standardization procedures.

Atwood joined Oregon Pacific Bank in 2020 and has more than 18 years of experience in various facets of credit administration, including management and oversight of all aspects of the credit review and underwriting process.

Centric Bank Leslie Meck has been promoted to chief retail and customer experience officer, effective immediately.

Leading the bank’s new ‘customer experience’ (CX) function, Meck will oversee the design and delivery of a customer experience program spanning business lines and touchpoints to provide a seamless and consistent customer journey.

“For more than three decades, my passion has been to build high-performing retail banking teams that help our clients thrive and meet their financial goals,” Meck said. “To do that you need a culture of trust and a runway to grow; Centric Bank has given me both."

Meck has been an executive at Centric Bank since 2011.

Wells FargoDavid Galloreese will leave his role of head of human resources on April 23, 2021, to take an unspecified role outside of the company.

Galloreese joined the company in 2018 and has been instrumental during a period of significant change, said CEO Charlie Scharf.

Scharf added: “For me personally, David has been a trusted and collaborative partner since I joined the company, and I know I speak for many in saying we wish him all the best and thank him for his leadership and contributions.”

Kleber Santos, head of diverse segments, representation and inclusion and a member of the operating committee, will take on the additional role of interim head of human resources while the company conducts a search for a permanent replacement.

Banc of California – The bank has appointed Alex Kweskin as executive vice president and chief human resources officer with effect from Monday, May 3, 2021.

Kweskin joins the company from MUFG Union Bank where he has worked since 2014, serving as managing director and head of human resources for Union Bank. He also held human resources roles at Wells Fargo Capital Finance, California National Bank, and The California Endowment.

Jared Wolff, president and CEO of Banc of California, said: “Alex’s deep experience in banking and human resources, along with his extensive knowledge of the Southern California banking landscape, will help us recruit, develop and retain our most important asset, our people.”

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