BancWest Corp., a San Francisco subsidiary of BNP Paribas SA, has announced that Don J. McGrath will retire as its chief executive officer April 16.

McGrath has been the CEO of the company since 2005 and was the CEO of its Bank of the West from 1995 to 2007. He will remain the chairman of both.

Michael Shepherd will succeed McGrath. He has been the CEO of Bank of the West since last year and the president since 2006, when he was also promoted to chief operating officer. He joined BancWest in 2004 as its general counsel.


 Wells Fargo & Co. of San Francisco selected six East Coast regional managing directors for its wealth management group.

John Dowd will be based in New York and will oversee the Northeast region, which includes Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. He had been the Northeast director since last year at Wachovia Corp., which Wells acquired at yearend. Before that he was the head of the New York region for Bank of New York Mellon Corp.'s wealth management group. Earlier he was the chief trust officer and head of the private bank for Bank of New York Co.

John Duchala will oversee Pennsylvania and Delaware and will be based in Philadelphia. He had been senior regional manager in New York for Wells Fargo's wealth management group since last year. Before that he was a regional director of private client services at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Gregory Bronstein will be the head of the Middle Atlantic region, which includes Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. He was the group's senior regional manager in the state of Washington. Before that he oversaw cross-business partnerships for the regional wealth management banks. Earlier he was a co-chief executive officer of Wells Fargo Investments LLC.

Jeff Hartman will oversee the Carolinas and will be based in Charlotte. He was a private banking director for the Southeast for Wachovia's wealth management group. Before that he was a director of the private advisory group. He had worked for Wachovia since 1980.

Kim Radford will lead the Southeast region, which includes Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee. He will be based in Atlanta. He was the regional president for the Carolinas and Virginia in Wachovia's bank brokerage business. Before that he was the state manager for the Carolinas at Wachovia Securities LLC.

Bill D'Antignac will be the head of Florida and will be based in Jacksonville. He was the Southeast regional president of Wachovia's bank brokerage business. Before that he was the regional president for the investment services group in the northeast, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

They will all report to Stan Gregor, the head of Eastern markets for Wells Fargo Wealth Management.

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