Mark Lytle Joins Bank of the West Senior Banker will lead business banking in the North and East Bay

SAN RAMON, Calif., May 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Bank of the West announced today that Mark Lytle has joined the organization as business banking regional manager for the San Francisco North and East Bay regions.

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In his new role, Lytle will manage a team of bankers that specializes in working with businesses with $1$20 million in annual sales.

"We're known for having some of the most experienced and tenured bankers in the country, and we're excited to have Mark join our team during a time of extraordinary growth," said Michelle DiGangi, executive vice president for Small and Medium Enterprise Banking at Bank of the West. "Mark brings substantial business banking experience to this position and will play an important role in growing our team while continuing the bank's reputation for unparalleled customer service."

The Bank recently announced that it provided more than $1 billion in small business lending during 2012 alone.  For 2013, it reported small business lending increased by more than 18 percent in the first quarter compared to the same period in 2012. In anticipation of its continued growth, the bank will continue to invest in people, process, technology and product development.

"I couldn't be more pleased about joining Bank of the West," said Lytle.  "I value the bank's relationship-driven approach to business owners, which is clearly reflected in its growth during the past three years – it's been nothing short of impressive.  I look forward to working with our clients and building out our team even further."

Lytle has more than 20 years of experience as a business banking officer to diverse industries, as well as providing client solutions for operational needs, such as cash and Treasury management. Most recently he was senior vice president and market development leader for Bank of America serving small to mid-sized businesses; previously, he had a ten-year tenure at Wells Fargo as a senior commercial loan officer. He holds a bachelor's degree in business from the University of the Pacific and a graduate degree from the Pacific Coast Banking School.  He currently resides in Danville, where he and his wife are raising their two sons. 

About Bank of the West
Founded in 1874, $63 billion-asset Bank of the West (www.bankofthewest.com), member FDIC and equal housing lender, offers a wide range of personal, commercial, wealth management and international banking services. The bank operates more than 600 retail and commercial banking locations in 19 Western and Midwestern states. Bank of the West is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, which has a presence in 80 countries with nearly 200,000 employees.

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