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These executives in 2014 began to realize their turnaround visions, handled tough tasks their companies threw at them, earned promotions or stuck their necks out on important matters. »

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Some paid hefty fines, others lost the confidence of investors and a few respected industry leaders suffered untold damage to their reputations. Here are 10 individuals, groups of people and companies who are happy to see 2014 end and look forward to better days in 2015. »
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Pamela Joseph, U.S. Bank's vice chair of payment services and a ten-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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Lateral moves can be a way for women in banking to expand their knowledge base and make themselves more appealing candidates for upper management positions, according to the head of TD Bank's consumer bank Nandita Bakhshi.

Millennial women are making great strides in the workforce, but still "channel their inner ninth grade insecure freshman when it comes to financial matters," according to Fidelity's head of personal investing.

The Bancorp in Wilmington, Del., will have a new chief executive next year.

Transparency about the diversity of companies’ workforces can promote the hiring and advancement of women, while role models like Janet Yellen help pave the way for more female leaders.
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Research suggests that women in leadership positions are most successful when they develop flexible management styles and pay attention to some uncomfortable truths in today's workplace-even if they reject them.
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren's rise to a spot on the Democratic leadership team has supporters cheering, but it remains to be seen how the role will affect her work on banking issues.
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