Harris Financial

  • Women hold 34% of executive roles
  • Recruiting unit works with employee groups to promote diverse talent pool

One of the strongest contenders in the team awards category in recent years, Harris continued to impress by increasing the percentage of women in executive-level positions, up from 8 percent in 2005 to 34 percent this year. The Chicago-based bank, part of BMO Financial Group, counts 946 women among its 1,926 corporate officers, and reports that a third of its "emerging leaders" under CEO Ellen Costello are female.
Despite a challenging year (net income down 2.8 percent), women-led units including Erica Kuhlmann's food and consumer banking group had big gains. Kuhlmann, as managing director, grew deposit balances by more than 200 percent by leading Harris' expansion in the agribusiness, foods and packaged goods arena. North Illinois district executive Daniela O'Leary-Gill increased revenues 11 percent, and net income by 37 percent, in Harris' Chicago hub market, while also leading the integration of AMCORE branches into the fold. Human Resources head Deirdre Drake, named the 2010 Leader of the Year by the National Association of Business Owners, again provided employee "engagement" scores that were six points higher than industry benchmarks.

The Team

Ellen Costello

Cecily Mistarz

Julie Curran

Pamela Dean

Mary Jo Herseth

Deborah Korompilas

Erica Kuhlmann

Margie Lawless

Daniela O’Leary-Gill

Deirdre Drake

Justine Fedak

Julia Fredricks

Christy Horn

Erin Norton

Gail Palac

Pamela Piarowski

Judith Rice

Cynthia Ulrich

Beth Bondi

Lois Robinson

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