MUFG Adds Whitston as Chief Information Officer, Abrusci as General Counsel for Americas

Alla Whitston joined Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) as chief information officer for the Americas and Matt Abrusci joined as general counsel for the Americas.

Whitston will be responsible for all IT strategy, infrastructure, architecture and technology systems for all corporate and business functions within the company. Meanwhile, as general counsel, Abrusci will be responsible for the overall management of legal affairs and board of directors administration related to MUFG’s combined operations in the Americas.

“I’m very pleased to have Alla and Matt join our organization,” Kevin Cronin, CEO and regional executive for MUFG Americas, said. “They come to MUFG with a vast amount of experience in the financial services industry that will serve them both well in these important roles. Alla will oversee management of technology by helping us develop and deliver against an end-to-end strategy that supports MUFG’s business objectives to most effectively serve clients. Matt has served as a trusted advisor to me and our businesses since joining the bank and I’m confident that he will help us navigate the increasingly complex regulatory landscape by continuing to build effective relationships with our regulators.”

Whitston most recently served as the chief information officer for Silicon Valley Bank/First Citizens Bank, leading the global commercial bank and capital divisions. Previously, she served as the chief technology officer and executive vice president for CIT Group and has also held technology leadership roles at Bank of America, J.P. Morgan Investment Banking/Bear Stearns and Goldman Sachs.

Most recently, Abrusci served as the global head of the capital markets law group of the Royal Bank of Canada. Prior to this role, he served as the head of Americas for RBC’s capital markets law group. Earlier in his career, he held a variety of legal leadership positions for Credit Suisse Securities (USA), including general counsel for the Americas investment banking and capital markets law group, and for Merrill Lynch.

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