Zions Bancorp. in Salt Lake City added a banking veteran to its board.

The $55 billion-asset company said in a press release Friday that John Erickson had joined its board. Erickson was vice chairman and chief corporate banking officer at Union Bank from 2009 to 2013. He was Union's chief risk officer from 2008 to 2009.

Overall, Erickson spent 30 years at Union before announcing his retirement in July 2013; he left the company in June.

Erickson's "deep commercial banking experience will be valuable as Zions strives to achieve strong, organic revenue growth," Harris Simmons, Zions' chairman and chief executive, said in the release. "Additionally, his risk management experience will further strengthen our board's expertise in this critical area as we further refine our risk management practices in an environment of intensified regulatory and market expectations."

Zions also added Edward Murphy, a former officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, to the company's board in July.

Zions operates in 11 western and southwestern states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

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