Western Alliance Bancorporation (NYSE: WAL) today announced the addition of two new members to its Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors on December 2, 2022, appointed two new Board members, effective immediately: Kevin M. Blakely and Paul Galant. The new directors will stand for election by shareholders at the Company’s 2023 Annual Meeting.
“The appointments of Kevin and Paul are the culmination of a deliberate and thorough director succession planning process,” said Donald D. Snyder, Governance Committee Chair, Western Alliance Bancorporation Board of Directors. “Both new members bring skillsets developed at large financial institutions, including risk management, technology, and payments experience that will contribute to the Company’s ongoing success at this important stage in its growth.”
“Today’s announcement is part of a planned, multi-year Board succession and refreshment process intended to position the Company for the future,” said Bruce D. Beach, Chair, Western Alliance Bancorporation Board of Directors. “Adding these new directors now enables Western Alliance to make the most of their sizable expertise throughout the first half of 2023, ahead of the Company’s Annual Meeting later in the year.”
Western Alliance CEO, Kenneth Vecchione, commented, “I am excited to welcome Kevin and Paul to the Western Alliance team and look forward to working with them as we pursue our mission to be the nation’s leader in commercial banking. Their support and guidance will help us continue to deliver what we have long been known for: superior service with sophisticated risk management.”
About New Board Members
Kevin M. Blakely: Mr. Blakely, whose recent professional experience includes roles as chief risk officer at Huntington Bancshares, Inc. and president and chief executive officer of the Risk Management Association, currently serves as a senior advisor to Oliver Wyman, Inc.
Paul Galant: Mr. Galant’s recent professional experience includes roles as chief executive officer and member of the board of directors of Brightstar, the world’s largest distribution and insurance provider to the mobile device industry, and its operating partner Softbank. Previously, he was chief executive officer of Verifone, before which he spent 13 years at Citibank, where he held CEO positions for a number of groups including enterprise payments, international credit cards and merchant acquiring, global transaction services, and cash management.
About Western Alliance Bancorporation
With more than $65 billion in assets, Western Alliance Bancorporation (NYSE:WAL) is one of the country’s top-performing banking companies. Through its primary subsidiary, Western Alliance Bank, Member FDIC, business clients benefit from a full spectrum of tailored banking solutions and outstanding service delivered by industry experts who put customers first. Major accolades include being ranked #1 top-performing large bank with assets greater than $50 billion in 2021 by both American Banker and Bank Director. Serving clients across the country wherever business happens, Western Alliance Bank operates individual, full-service banking and financial brands with offices in key markets nationwide. For more information, visit Western Alliance Bancorporation.
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