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In new roles or old ones, facing fresh challenges or opportunities, these are 10 bankers to keep an eye on in the new year.

Ally Financial, the auto lender rescued by the U.S. government during the 2008 financial crisis, promoted Diane Morais to chief executive officer of the banking unit as Jeffrey Brown reshapes management.

Morgan Stanley Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat is leaving the bank for a post at Google, the technology giant announced Tuesday.

Women bankers who want a family and a fulfilling career should focus on building a strong support system outside of work, or else opportunities will pass them by, according to panel of senior women executives at HSBC.

Ally Financial in Detroit announced its second big management change in less than two months.

Pamela Joseph, U.S. Bancorp's vice chair of payment services and a 10-year veteran of the Minneapolis-based bank, plans to retire in mid-2015.

Veteran retail banking executive Deanna Oppenheimer has joined the mobile identity-authentication vendor Finsphere as a strategic adviser.

U.S. Bancorp in Minneapolis has appointed Amy Hurd as head of its in-store and on-site banking division.

Let this be the year that the financial industry stops using the phrase "big data" and remembers that the goal of technology is to make people's lives simpler.
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Whether corporate leaders should have a certain look is a controversial and sometimes awkward topic, but many companies and executive coaches are willing to help corporate climbers polish their appearance, stage presence and speaking style.
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JPMorgan Chase has named Jennifer Piepszak as the chief executive of its business-banking division that focuses on firms with revenue of $20 million and below.

Deborah Wright, who is set to retire as Carver's CEO at year-end, says the New York bank is preparing new products to reach underserved parts of the city. While she says community development banks should merge, Carver has no immediately plans to roll them up.

Commonfund, an investment management firm in Wilton, Conn., has hired Catherine Keating as its chief executive.

Depositors at Reading Co-operative in Reading, Mass., approved a plan to make it more difficult for the thrift to convert to a public stock company.
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