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Rare combo: Sandra Schultz became chief financial officer in 2008, making Centric one of the rare publicly traded banking companies with women in the two top jobs.
Centric Financial is one of the few publicly traded banking companies with women in the chief executive and chief financial officer roles. Centric is also distinctive for its enviable growth and performance. Those two facts are not purely coincidental, according to President and CEO Patricia Husic.

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Artificial intelligence like IBM's Watson may not make bank compliance officers obsolete, but it could mean far fewer of them will be needed in the future, focused on higher-level tasks.  more »
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Ex-Banker's Crowdfunding Firm Finds Its Missing Link: A Bank
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The Wells Fargo cross-selling controversy has raised questions about its well-telegraphed succession plan. Tim Sloan, the company's president, has been the heir apparent, but his longtime association with Wells could be a problem if investors or regulators push for an outsider to overhaul the corporate culture.  read more »
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Will Tech Advances Hurt the Underbanked?
It's long been assumed that technology will help the financially underserved access the banking services they need. Christine Duhaime, founder of the Digital Financial Institute, a fintech think-tank, says this assumption is wrong.
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