The Most Powerful Women to Watch

The 2020 honorees presented here are ordered differently than in past years. In this unprecedented year, we took an unprecedented — and temporary — break from our traditional ranking. Below are this year’s Most Powerful to Watch grouped according to their roles and listed alphabetically within those categories.

The biggest name, of course, is Jane Fraser, the president of Citigroup who in February will replace Michael Corbat as CEO. Fraser, who has been a mainstay on our Most Powerful Women in Banking list for years, will be the first woman in U.S. history to lead a large, global bank. Another powerful woman in a new role is Bank of America’s Anne Clarke Wolff, who in March was promoted to chairman global corporate and investment banking at BofA Securities.

There are five newcomers among this year’s Women to Watch — Bremer Financial’s Jeanne Crain, PNC’s Deborah Guild, HSBC’s Kavita Mahtani, Comerica’s Cassandra McKinney and Citi’s Gonca Latif-Schmitt. Also, for the first time, we have included the female leadership of a single bank, Wells Fargo, in our rankings. Wells is perhaps the company that the industry is watching more than any other, so it seems fitting to highlight the women as a group. Scroll through to see the complete list of the 25 Most Powerful Women to Watch for 2020.

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Jane Fraser
President
Citigroup

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Jeanne Crain
President and CEO
Bremer Financial

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Julieann Thurlow
President and CEO
Reading Cooperative Bank

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Deborah Guild
Chief Security Officer
PNC Financial Services Group

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Jennifer Smith
Corporate Chief Information Officer
Zions Bancorp.

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Melissa Stevens
Chief Digital Officer
Fifth Third Bancorp

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Michele Trolli
Chief Technology and Operations Officer
M&T Bank

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Paulette Mullings Bradnock
Chief Audit Executive
BNY Mellon

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Ellen Fitzsimmons
Chief Legal Officer and Head of Enterprise Diversity and Human Resources
Truist Financial

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Beth Johnson
Chief Experience Officer
Citizens Financial Group

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Kavita Mahtani
Chief Financial Officer
HSBC North America Holdings

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Mary McNiff
Chief Compliance Officer
Citigroup

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Jennifer Strybel
Chief Operating Officer
HSBC Bank USA

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Liz Wolverton
Chief Strategy and Customer Experience Officer
Synovus Financial

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Kate Danella
Head of Strategic Planning, Consumer Bank Products and Origination Partnerships
Regions Financial

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Cassandra McKinney
Executive Director of the Retail Bank
Comerica

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Michelle Di Gangi
Head of Small and Medium Enterprise Banking
Bank of the West

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Angela Mago
President, Key Commercial Bank and KeyBank Real Estate Capital
KeyCorp

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Sharon Miller
Head of Small Business
Bank of America

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Stephanie Novosel
Head of Commercial Banking
PNC Financial Services Group

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Marla Willner
Head of Corporate and Specialty Banking
TD Bank

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Anne Clarke Wolff
Chairman of Global Corporate and Investment Banking
Bank of America

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Sharon Haward-Laird
Head of North American Treasury and Payment Solutions
BMO Financial Group

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Gonca Latif-Schmitt
Global Head of Commercial Cards
Citigroup

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Wells Fargo
Julie Caperton, Muneera Carr, Mary Mack, Lisa McGeough, Kara McShane, Mandy Norton, Ellen Patterson, Julie Scammahorn, Julie Wellborn

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