SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Bank of the West today announced the appointment of Beth Hale to the position of Executive Vice President, Head of Product and Payments Solutions in the Bank's Retail Banking Group. In this role, Hale will be responsible for leading and managing the overall strategy focused on deepening and expanding banking solutions for retail and small business clients. Hale has over 15 years of banking experience and has worked more than 25 years in the financial services industry. She will continue to be based out of Bank of the West's San Francisco headquarters and will report to Ryan Bailey, Executive Vice President, Head of the Retail Banking Group.
Throughout Hale's four years at Bank of the West, her roles and responsibilities at the bank have grown. She has been responsible for creating and implementing strategy for the Bank's branch and ATM operations, overseeing the consumer bank's first-line operational risk, compliance and credit risk, distribution channel analytics and branch staffing models. Hale's focus on the customer has led to innovative solutions, particularly in distribution transformation, micro-market strategy and new branch activity. In addition, Hale led the reorganization of several of the Bank's back office functions, establishing the highest standards of efficacy in operations, group finance and first line of defense.
"Beth's established track record of success here at Bank of the West made her the ideal candidate to lead our team in product and payment solutions," said Bailey. "Her industry experience and the scope of her various roles, both within and outside of the Bank, make her an ideal leader of this team as we set our sights on the future growth and success of the retail banking and the Bank as a whole." Along with leading and implementing overall strategy in her new role, Hale will be tasked with driving the implementation and delivery of the full breadth of products and services the Retail Banking Group has to offer.
Before joining Bank of The West, Hale spent four years with M&T Bank in Buffalo, New York, where she was a Group Vice President in Distribution Planning & Analysis, ATM Services and Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) initiatives. She spent eight years at JPMorgan Chase in Seattle as a Division Executive leading retail distribution strategy, analytics and marketing planning, and 11 years with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in Washington, D.C. Hale was recognized as part of American Banker's Most Powerful Women in Banking program in 2014. She holds a Bachelor's in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she graduated with cum laude honors.
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