ABA Salutes Women Atop ‘Most Powerful,’ ‘Women to Watch’ Lists

The American Bankers Association today congratulated the women named to American Banker Magazine’s “25 Most Powerful Women in Banking” and “25 Women to Watch in Banking” lists for 2017. All 50 women on the two lists are associated with ABA member banks, and many of them are current and former members of ABA’s board, councils and committees.

ABA Chairman Dorothy Savarese — chairman, president and CEO of Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, Orleans, Mass. — ranked number 10 on the “most powerful” list. Incoming ABA board member Andrea Smith, chief administrative officer at Bank of America, Charlotte, N.C., ranked 13, and current ABA board member Patti Husic, who is president and CEO of Centric Financial, Harrisburg, Pa., ranked 17. Charlotte McLaughlin, president and CEO of PNC Capital Markets and a member of the ABA Securities Association board, was on the list of “most powerful women in finance.”

Spotlighted on the “women to watch” list were incoming ABA Vice Chairman Laurie Stewart, president and CEO of Sound Community Bank in Seattle; current ABA board member Julieann Thurlow, president and CEO of Reading Cooperative Bank, Reading, Mass.; and incoming ABA board member Jill Castilla, president and CEO at Citizens Bank of Edmond, Edmond, Okla.

The rankings, selected by the publication’s editors, highlight the professional achievements and business acumen of the industry’s leading women. They also spotlight institutions that successfully promote gender diversity in their leadership ranks.