American Banker Announces The Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance for 2020

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The list of honorees includes Mary Callahan Erdoes, CEO Asset and Wealth Management, J.P. Morgan; Ellen Alemany, Chairman and CEO, CIT Group; and Jane Fraser, President of Citigroup and CEO of Global Consumer Banking, Citigroup

“Against this backdrop, where the circumstances have raised the bar for everyone, the women selected for this honor continue to stand out as the best of the best.” Bonnie McGeer, Executive Editor of American Banker and Chair of The Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance program

For the eighteenth year, American Banker, Arizent’s daily website and an essential resource for senior executives in financial services, announced today its 2020 honorees for The Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance.

This year’s diverse list of leaders and change-makers spans the industry and highlights a shared commitment to driving real outcomes for diversity, equity, and inclusion in financial services.

This year, the honorees are leading their organizations in the face of unprecedented challenges. Even so, they remain at the forefront of the biggest ideas driving the industry. Notable honorees include:

  • Ellen Alemany, Chairman and CEO, CIT Group
  • Mary Callahan Erdoes, CEO, Asset and Wealth Management, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Jane Fraser, President of Citigroup and CEO of its Global Consumer Banking business
  • Sharon Miller, Head of Small Business, Bank of America

Profiles of all 75 honorees are now available on the American Banker website (https://www.americanbanker.com/), also well as the October issue of American Banker Magazine.

“For 18 years, this list has honored those who have achieved amazing things in the face of countless challenges — individuals who are bravely creating the change we need and driving the industry forward,” said Gemma Postlethwaite, CEO of Arizent, publisher of American Banker. “This year, our honorees have collectively succeeded in moving us forward despite unprecedented obstacles.”

Honorees are not only recognized specifically for their support of and efforts to advance the next wave of female leaders. The lists are a reflection of the industry as it evolves, as can be seen in the many new entrants this year.

“There are many women and men across financial services who are doing extraordinary work in a year unlike anything we have ever experienced before,” said Bonnie McGeer, Executive Editor of American Banker and Chair of The Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance program. “Against this backdrop, where the circumstances have raised the bar for everyone, the women selected for this honor continue to stand out as the best of the best.”

A new virtual celebration, October 6-8

Traditionally a highlight of the industry calendar, this year’s The Most Powerful Women in Banking™ event will be a virtual celebration, and for the first time, American Banker is opening the doors to the entire financial services community.

The online event will showcase honoree interviews and panels on a variety of industry-critical topics, from ESG and ethical banking to the future of consumer banking, as well as stories of their individual paths to leadership. This year’s speakers include:

  • Suni Harford, President, Asset Management, UBS
  • Mary McNiff, Chief Compliance Officer, Citi
  • Cathy Bessant, Chief Operations and Technology Officer, Bank of America
  • Beth Mooney, (retired) Chairman and CEO, KeyCorp
  • Jill Castilla, President, CEO and Vice Chairman at Citizens Bank of Edmond

For more information, and to register for the event, visit: conference.americanbanker.com/the-most-powerful-women-in-banking/home.

“2020 has created both challenges and opportunities for the world of banking,” said Postlethwaite. “The fact that we’re able to think differently about this year’s event and offer access to a larger audience feels like a win — and acknowledging the challenges while celebrating the victories is what this event is all about.”

About American Banker
American Banker empowers banking professionals with unique insight and analysis into the ideas transforming their business and industry. Across its journalism, events, research, and benchmarking, it helps drive the way forward through the complexity of business innovation, retail and commercial disruption, technology, regulation, and reform. With a banking community 850M strong, American Banker’s transformative content connects leaders online, in person, and in print every day.

About Arizent
Arizent is a business information company that advances professional communities by providing insights and analysis and convening industry leaders. The company uses deep industry expertise and a data-driven platform to deliver its services, which include subscriptions, marketing services, live events, and access to Leaders, an executive forum. Arizent also connects business communities through leading financial services brands like American Banker, The Bond Buyer, PaymentsSource, Financial Planning, and National Mortgage News, as well as professional services brands like Accounting Today, Employee Benefit News and Digital Insurance.

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