Mary Allis Curran Named New Chairman of the California Bankers Association

Press release

SACRAMENTO – The California Bankers Association (CBA) today announced that Mary Allis Curran, chief risk officer for corporate banking at Union Bank, will serve as the 2012-2013 chairman of the board of directors for California’s largest banking trade association. Curran is the sixth executive from Union Bank to lead the association’s board, with Thomas Brown having served as CBA’s first chairman in 1891.

“The CBA is honored to have Mary Curran serve as our chairman of the board this year,” said Rodney K. Brown, president and CEO of CBA. “With a banking career spanning nearly three decades, Mary has been a dedicated advocate for the banking industry for many years, and we look forward to the leadership and guidance she will provide the association in the coming year.”

“I am looking forward to my term as the association’s chairman,” said Curran. “While the operating environment for California banks is improving, this still remains a critical time for the state’s banking industry. Through this important leadership position with the CBA, I hope to continue to support our member banks in their dedicated efforts to serve California, their communities and customers.”

In her position at Union Bank, Curran is responsible for a strong, proactive, integrated and effective risk management framework across all corporate banking business lines, including commercial banking, global treasury management, real estate industries, global capital markets and wealth markets. Prior to assuming responsibility for corporate banking risk management, she served as executive vice president of Union Bank’s Private Bank, following a career as an executive in commercial banking.

Curran has been an active member of the CBA board and executive committee since 2007. She has also served on the association’s annual Washington, D.C. visit planning committee, and as a panel discussion moderator during the CBA’s Women in Banking Forum.

About the CBA

Established more than 121 years ago, the California Bankers Association (CBA) is one of the largest state banking trade associations in the country. CBA leads the way in developing relevant educational and legislative solutions to some of California’s more pressing financial and banking issues, including financial empowerment, identity theft, financial privacy, and financial elder abuse. CBA’s membership includes nearly 200 of California’s commercial, industrial and community banks and savings associations. For more information, visit