Introducing the Bank Systems & Technology Elite 8 Bank Technology Leaders

Oct 1, 2009

If the familiar adage, "What doesn't kill us makes us stronger," is true, then the executives who comprise Bank Systems & Technology's 2009 Elite 8 bank technology leaders must have incredible powers. IT organizations have been on the front lines as banks seek to improve governance and compliance, find efficiencies and cost savings, and strengthen customer relationships (and profitability). BS&T's Elite 8 leaders are rising to the challenge with enthusiasm and determination. The executives honored in this year's Elite 8 class welcome the opportunity to solve problems, deliver effective solutions and stretch the talents of their workforces. Explore the eight profiles below to learn more about each of these successful IT leaders. And be sure to catch up with 2008's honorees to find out how they've fared in this difficult financial environment.

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  BS&T's 2009 Elite 8 Rise to the Challenges Facing the Banking Industry

Bank Systems & Technology's 2009 Elite 8 outstanding bank technology executives are helping their organizations successfully pursue growth strategies and innovation in a tough economic environment. 00855

  THE 2009 ELITE 8
  Gary Greenwald Spearheads Growth in Citi GTS Unit

Proving that technology can be at the core of a bank's recovery from the worst financial crisis in decades, Citi's treasury services practice, under the leadership of Gary Greenwald, continues to introduce new innovations to help clients cope with the economic uncertainty. 00531

John Beran Leads Technology Transformation at Comerica

Comerica CIO John Beran has led the bank as it has transformed its IT infrastructure and restructured its IT organization. 00732

Under Barbara Perino's Direction, IT Helps Washington Trust Compete With the Big Banks

At Washington Trust, the nation's oldest community bank, SVP of operations and technology Barbara Perino has overhauled legacy systems, developed customer insight capabilities and built an infrastructure that supports the bank's growth strategies. 00885

Francisco DeArmas Modernizes Whitney National Bank's Core

With a core systems replacement and a multichannel, multi-vendor initiative under way, Whitney National Bank's Frank DeArmas is building a more modern architecture for the 125-year-old institution. 00687

PNC's Tom Kunz Cracks the Gen Y Code With Targeted Products

At PNC Tom Kunz is creating targeted products that will appeal to a generation with a different mind-set about financial services. 00532

Fred Cook Enables Growth at North Shore Credit Union

Fred Cook has helped establish North Shore Credit Union's IT organization as a major enabler for the business as it experiences tremendous growth and high retention levels. 00688

First National of Nebraska's David Downing Looks to History to Stay on Track

David Downing makes sure that technology and operations dependably connect First National of Nebraska with its customers -- just like an efficient and dependable utility. 00689

Donald Westermann Rebuilds Eastern Bank's IT Foundation

SVP, Technology Engineering and Operations, Donald Westermann is re-architecting Eastern Bank's technology to prepare for the economic recovery and a return to growth. 00255

  Bank CIOs Look to Recruit and Retain Top IT Talent

How are the state of the economy and current industry challenges affecting banks' ability to recruit and retain top IT talent? BS&T's Elite 8 2009 honorees share their opinions. 00128

  BS&T's Elite 8 2008 Have Lived Through History

2008's Elite 8 honorees share their experiences about facing the most challenging economic environment of their careers. 00121

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