3 US Bank Women Named to Most Powerful Women in Banking List

Several U.S. Bank women were among the 2019 class of the Most Powerful Women in Banking, as celebrated by American Banker, at a gala in New York City on October 3.

Vice chairs Leslie Godridge, Gunjan Kedia and Kate Quinn were once again named to the Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance lists, and U.S. Bank also earned a Top Team distinction.

“We are proud of the talent, expertise and experience these women bring to U.S. Bank and the industry overall,” said Andy Cecere, U.S. Bank chairman, president and CEO. “Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is embodied in the way they lead and how they guide our company to a better future. They are inspiring the next generation of leaders – both men and women – throughout our organization. It is a distinct honor to celebrate and congratulate them.”

Quinn and Godridge were named to the Most Powerful Women in Banking list. Quinn, ranked 11th, is the company’s vice chair and chief administrative officer. She oversees the company’s strategy, human resources and corporate affairs efforts, and has been instrumental in redefining not only the U.S. Bank purpose, core values, brand and strategy, but also driving a re-imagining of the customer and employee experience across the enterprise. Godridge, ranked 14th, is vice chair and co-head of the company’s Corporate & Commercial Banking division, and has led the organization through significant growth during the past 12 years.

Kedia, ranked 15th on the Most Powerful Women in Finance list, serves as the company’s vice chair of Wealth Management and Investment Services. The organization has grown under Kedia’s leadership and is making considerable strides to leverage data, analytics and digital advances to meet the changing needs of customers who are affluent or emerging in their wealth.

Efforts across the company to build a strong bench of talent through mentorship, sponsorship and development were paramount to U.S. Bank earning a Top Team ranking this year, as well. In addition to Godridge, Kedia and Quinn, 15 female executives throughout the organization were honored for their talents, contributions and leadership. Those women included Ismat Aziz, Betsy Cadwallader, Kristy Carstensen, Reba Dominski, Kandace Heck, Lynn Heitman, Kercedric Holley-Bell, Felicia La Forgia, Katie Lawler, Janet Lerch, Mary Martuscelli, Beth McDonnell, Jodi Richard, Jen Thompson and Judie Verb.

“The women selected for this honor are tackling tough business challenges with great success,” said Bonnie McGeer, executive editor of American Banker and chair of its Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance program, which is now in its 17th year. “They are all standouts who bring vision to their work.”

Complete rankings can be viewed online at American Banker and are featured in the October 2019 issue of American Banker Magazine. American Banker’s Most Powerful Women in Banking recognizes the professional achievements and influence of top-performing female executives in banking and financial services. The rankings are comprised of three lists: the Most Powerful Women in Banking, the Most Powerful Women to Watch and the Most Powerful Women in Finance. In addition, American Banker honors the Top Teams in Banking, along with Lifetime Achievement and Community Impact honorees.

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