Ellen Alemany is still relatively new as the chairman and chief executive at CIT Group, and she is working on creating the kind of culture she wants. The effort includes enforcing a set of core behaviors — one is straight talk — and having quarterly town halls with employees. She also discusses loan demand and the sentiment of middle-market businesses.

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Bonnie McGeer

Bonnie McGeer is the executive editor of American Banker. She oversees its monthly magazine and chairs the Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance program.