The 25 Women to Watch
After a brief sabbatical following her exit from NewAlliance Bancshares, Peyton Patterson is back in an executive role and back on our ranking, where she has appeared six times before. In September, Patterson took over as CEO of BNC Financial Group, the holding company for The Bank of New Canaan, The Bank of Fairfield and Stamford First Bank, in Connecticut. Patterson made six acquisitions in 10 years at NewAlliance, before selling the company to First Niagara Financial Group of Buffalo, N.Y. It's expected that her appetite for dealmaking will be just as voracious at BNC, which hired her specifically to execute a growth plan.
These leaders, some of whom are just emerging and others who are bringing a wealth of experience into new roles, are women worth keeping an eye on.