Diversity Matters

KYW Career News Report, September 15, 2019

Effective Boards

Board games, team players

It’s the stuff of Hollywood drama and CEO nightmares. Dysfunctional boards of directors – at least in movies and bad dreams – can be the source is interminable meetings, uninspired deliberation, corporate gridlock and even hostile power grabs.

In everyday business life, however, a board of directors doesn’t have to be anything like that. A great board should involve a group of engaged thought-leaders, diverse professionals and perhaps a few entrepreneurial superstars. This dynamic team will help tackle key challenges, explore growth opportunities, grapple with succession, and strategically advance the company. So, how do you create a highly talented and effective board for your company?

Map skills and needs

Begin by analyzing the strengths of current board members and identify skills gaps that should be filled by future members. A fully capable board of directors typically includes folks with industry and management expertise, plus specialists in finance, law, human resources, technology, risk, governance, innovation and markets—to name a few.

The board’s nominating committee should focus on candidates with proven qualifications, said Margaret Pederson, President and CEO of Amirexx LLC “Many people want to be considered for board positions when they are years away from being appropriate candidates. People have asked me, ‘Do I have to fully understand a P&L to sit on the board?’ They should have run a P&L before they join a board.”

Diversify, diversify

Many board meetings, unfortunately, still live up to the stereotype of being gatherings of older, white men. Improving diversity within boards is essential, Peterson said, “but I define it as diversity of thought, experience and expertise. The board needs to fully represent the world that the company serves, and be able to communicate with all company stakeholders, especially customers and employees. You want to have a diverse slate of candidates that understand markets across various income levels, geographies, cultures and other demographics.”

Value soft skills

Just as any new employee should fit well with the company’s culture, new board members need to blend well with the board’s culture. A board candidate’s communication style, priorities, personality and even emotional intelligence should be considered to determine how that person would interact with existing board members.

When creating or adding to a board, make the effort to craft an effective team that will collaborate well, challenge and inspire each other, and respect differing points of view. Ultimately, it will help your board achieve its goals of providing leadership oversight, making the best decisions, and advancing critical business strategies.

BECOMING THE BEST CEO: JOURNEY TO THE BOARDROOM

A Conversation with Carol Johnson

Finding Finance Folks

KYW Career News Report, September 8, 2019

Current Searches 2019

This list highlights some of our current search assignments. If you think you are well qualified for one of these opportunities, you may e-mail your resume to Kaplan Partners for potential consideration. In addition, if you know someone who might be a prospective contender for one these roles, please make a confidential connection.

  • President & CEO, Community Bank
  • Chief Banking Officer, Regional Bank
  • Divisional CFO, Large Mortgage Banking Company

Keep On Truckin

KYW Career News Report, September 1, 2019

When the Heir Apparent is Not

KYW Career News Report, August 25, 2019

Bryn Mawr Trust Names CIO

Bryn Mawr, Pa., August 19, 2019 – Bryn Mawr Trust (BMT), wholly owned by Bryn Mawr Bank Corporation (NASDAQ: BMTC), announced today that Jeffrey Mills has joined their wealth division as Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer. Mr. Mills reports directly to Jennifer Dempsey Fox, President of BMT Wealth Management, and will maintain an office at the firm’s new Berwyn, Pa. location beginning September 16, 2019.

Jeff will be responsible for investment strategy across BMT’s Wealth Management platform, including the development of alternative capabilities to attract high net-worth and ultra-high net-worth clients, as well as institutions, endowments and foundations. He will lead firm-wide asset allocation decisions and publication of investment thought leadership. Jeff will manage BMT’s team of research analysts in addition to the Directors of Fixed Income and Third-Party Services. He will also collaborate on the direction and management of BMT’s team of portfolio managers.

“Jeff is a well-known and respected financial expert who possesses the rare combination of being strategic, tactical and analytical in his approach to leadership, research, investment management and portfolio composition,” said Ms. Fox. “Jeff will significantly elevate the investment platform and provide guidance to strategically grow the wealth division beyond our current strong foundation. We are pleased to welcome him to the BMT Wealth Management family.” Jeff has more than 15 years of experience in investment analysis, advisory, and strategy. Most recently, he was Managing Director and Co-Chief Investment Strategist at PNC Financial Services Group in Philadelphia.

Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Oxford, Oxford, U.K., and a Master of Science in management studies with a concentration in asset management and investments from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Jeff is a high-profile speaker and regular contributor to national discussions on economic matters through his appearances as a financial expert on programs such as CNBC, CNN and Yahoo Finance.

Stressful Sundays

KYW Career News Report, August 18, 2019

United Bankers Names New CEO

August 14, 2019 Bloomington, MN Dwight R. Larsen, with more than 30-plus years of experience in bank management, regulatory affairs and education, will become the new CEO and President of United Bankers’ Bank (UBB) and its holding company, United Bankers’ Bancorporation, Inc. (UBBI), according to an announcement by the bank’s Board of Directors.

“Dwight is an outstanding fit for UBB’s culture of product excellence and customer service – not only for the UBB we see today but also for where we believe the bank must go to meet the challenges of tomorrow,” said Bryan Grove, Chairman of the UBB Board and President of American State Bank in Grygla, Minn. “He has built his career on the highest levels of integrity, an openness to new ideas and opportunity for others, and outstanding communication skills.”

Larsen, 56, will be the third president to take the helm at UBB since it was founded in 1975 as the nation’s first bankers’ bank providing correspondent services exclusively to independent community banks. The appointment culminates an extensive national search to replace William Rosacker, who retired in April after leading UBB for 34 years.

“This is an incredible honor and exciting opportunity for me to lead the finest correspondent banking team in the nation,” Larsen said. “Right from its inception as America’s first bankers’ bank, UBB has led the way with so many product, service and technology innovations. Not only do I intend to continue that tradition,” Larsen said, “my goal is to take UBB even further and become the nation’s premier bankers’ bank.”

Larsen is already a familiar name and face to many in the banking community.
He held several positions at UBB from 2000 to 2016, including roles overseeing compliance services, trust services, HR consulting services and the stock valuation services of BankValue Advisory Services. Under Larsen’s direction, BankValue expanded its bank stock valuations, market analysis, and merger and acquisition consulting service to customers throughout UBB’s 15-state market area. Dwight was also the chair of UBB’s Asset Liability Management and Enterprise Risk Management committees.

From 1986 to 2000, and again for the past two years, Larsen has served as a national bank examiner with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). There he built extensive knowledge in risk management and effective corporate governance, working with banks of every size and with every level of management and operations.

Students and faculty of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin – Madison also know Larsen as a faculty member since 1998. In addition to teaching, Larsen is a member of the Curriculum Advisory Committee and a former faculty representative to the Board of Trustees.

Larsen will dedicate his first 30 days on the job, which officially starts on Monday, Aug. 26, to “listening, listening and listening again,” he said, “including a series of meetings with staff and executive leadership at UBB, our Board of Directors, our customers and community bank leadership.

“I’m following a tremendous legacy in Bill Rosacker,” Larsen added. “He and an exceptional group of talented and dedicated people have made UBB what it is today. The bank is in excellent financial condition, offers a wide range of products and services, and serves customers across a broad swath of the U.S., stretching from the West Coast to the Great Lakes. I look forward to being part of the next great chapter in the success story of UBB and the community banks we serve,” he concluded.