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First Choice in Calif. Names Chief Banker

First Choice Bank in Cerritos, Calif., has promoted Nicole Swain to the newly created position of chief banking officer.

Visa has nabbed Lynne Biggar, an executive from media company Time Inc., to be its chief marketing and communications officer. »
The card issuer, buoyed by employment gains and its partnership with a mega-retailer Amazon, is bullish on its growth prospects for 2016. »


International events like the Davos economic forum should remind business leaders of the importance of being stewards and of having workforce diversity. »

Digital Asset Holdings, the blockchain technology startup led by Wall Street veteran Blythe Masters, has raised more than $50 million in funding and expanded its board, the company said Thursday.

Valley National Bank in Wayne, N.J., has promoted Andrea Onorato (left) to administrative chief. She had been the director of retail operations, a job that now goes to Dianne Grenz.

Payne, who was promoted from director of corporate risk services, began her new role Jan. 1. She succeeded Dave Kling, who retired, the $18 billion-asset bank said.

Mary Kay Bates, who had been chief operating officer in January 2014, was promoted to president of the $724 million-asset bank in Spirit Lake, Iowa.

One look at the industry's C-suite makes it obvious that banks need to mirror demographic shifts far better and faster.

First Republic Bank in San Francisco has appointed Katherine August-deWilde to the newly created position of vice chair.

U.S. Bancorp has tapped two executives — including Most Powerful Women in Banking veteran Leslie Godridge — to co-head its wholesale banking division as vice chairs.

Citigroup has appointed Ellen Costello, former BMO Financial chief executive, and Intel President Renee James to its board.

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