The Women to Watch

Citi's Mary McNiff was a newcomer to our Most Powerful Women rankings last year when she appeared at No. 13 on the Women to Watch list. This year, McNiff is No. 1 on the list by virtue of her promotion earlier this year to chief executive of Citibank, the banking unit of Citigroup that makes up roughly 75% of the company's total assets.

Joining McNiff atop this ranking is another newly minted CEO at a top-30 U.S. bank — City National Bank's Kelly Coffey. Formerly the CEO of JPMorgan Chase's private bank, Coffey is just the fourth CEO, and first female CEO, in City National's history.

Other newcomers include SunTrust General Counsel Ellen Fitzsimmons, First Republic President Hafize Gaye Erkan and JPMorgan Chase Chief Information Officer Lori Beer. They are among 13 executives who are appearing in the Most Powerful Women rankings for the first time. Scroll through to see the complete list of the 25 Most Powerful Women to Watch for 2019.

And be sure to check out the other rankings:
Most Powerful Women in Banking
Most Powerful Women in Finance

Mary McNiff, Citigroup
Mary McNiff
CEO, Citibank

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Kelly Coffey, City National Bank
Kelly Coffey
City National Bank

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Ellen Fitzsimmons, SunTrust Banks
Ellen Fitzsimmons
General Counsel
SunTrust Banks

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Hafize Gaye Erkan, First Republic Bank
Hafize Gaye Erkan
First Republic Bank

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Lori Beer, JPMorgan Chase
Lori Beer
Global Chief Information Officer
JPMorgan Chase

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Angela Mago, KeyCorp
Angela Mago
President, Key Commercial Bank

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Ellen Patterson, TD Bank
Ellen Patterson
Group Head and General Counsel
TD Bank Group

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Bita Ardalan, MUFG
Bita Ardalan
Head of Commercial Banking

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Beth Johnson, Citizens Financial Group
Beth Johnson
Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Virtual Channels
Citizens Financial Group

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Jennifer Strybel, HSBC
Jennifer Strybel
Chief Operating Officer

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Melissa Stevens, Fifth Third Bancorp
Melissa Stevens
Chief Digital Officer
Fifth Third Bancorp

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Jill Castilla, Citizens Bank of Edmond
Jill Castilla
President and CEO
Citizens Bank of Edmond

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

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Liz Wolverton, Synovus Financial
Liz Wolverton
Chief Strategy and Customer Experience Officer
Synovus Financial Corp.

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Sharon Miller, Bank of America
Sharon Miller
Head of Small Business
Bank of America

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Maria Veltre, Santander
Maria Veltre
Head of Digital, Innovation and Payments Strategy
Santander U.S.

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Julieann Thurlow, Reading Cooperative Bank
Julieann Thurlow
President and CEO
Reading Cooperative Bank

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Jennifer Smith, Zions Bancorp.
Jennifer Smith
Chief Information Officer
Zions Bancorp.

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Luanne Cundiff, First State Bank of St. Charles
Luanne Cundiff
President and CEO
First State Bank of St. Charles

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Paulette Mullings Bradnock, BNY Mellon
Paulette Mullings Bradnock
Chief Audit Executive
BNY Mellon

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Kate Danella, Regions Financial
Kate Danella
Head of Enterprise Strategy and Consumer Bank Products
Regions Financial

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Marla Willner, TD Bank
Marla Willner
Head of Corporate and Specialty Banking
TD Bank

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

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Stephanie Novosel, PNC Financial Services
Stephanie Novosel
Head of Commercial Banking
PNC Financial Services Group

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Joanne Wyper, Citizens Financial Group
Joanne Wyper
Head of Commercial Banking Operations
Citizens Financial Group

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This article originally appeared in American Banker.