Stearns Bank announced that Kathy Persian has joined its board of directors. Persian is the senior vice president and chief information officer for Schwan’s Company in Bloomington, MN. In her current role, she is responsible for the strategic direction and execution of the company’s information services department.
“We are absolutely thrilled Kathy is joining our board. Her strong technology background and seasoned executive experience will diversify and deepen the talent and strategic leadership of our board,” said Kelly Skalicky, president and CEO, Stearns Bank. “For more than 30 years, Kathy has excelled and pursued excellence, making her a perfect fit for Stearns Bank. We’re excited to welcome her to the board.”
Before entering her current position, Persian served as chief information officer and senior vice president of eCommerce and Business Transformation for The Sports Authority. In that role, she led information technology, e-commerce and corporate strategy for the Englewood, CO-based sporting goods retailer. She has also served as chief information officer for Eden Prairie, MN-based Supervalu and has held leadership positions at Best Buy.
Persian’s addition to the board of directors follows Donald Weeres retirement from the Stearns Bank board of directors after more than 17 years. Weeres is founder, president and CEO of Spee Dee Delivery Service, St. Cloud.
“Don started his position on the board in 2003,” said Skalicky. “He brought a strong vision that will be greatly missed. We are grateful for his service and the invaluable business experience Don provided to grow our enterprise into one of the top-performing banks in the nation.”
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