In addition to his role of developing and managing relationships with middle-market companies in Chicago and the surrounding area, Mr. Thurston now also leads a team of bankers dedicated to building and expanding relationships with private equity firms and financing their middle-market portfolio companies across the United States.
“As a relationship lender, Bank of the West has strong ties with numerous private equity firms that have well-articulated strategies, solid investment track records, and a strong commitment to their respective sectors,” said Jean-Marc Torre, Senior Executive Vice President and Head of the Commercial Banking Group. “Under John’s leadership we expect to continue to build our reputation as a premier relationship bank among private equity firms.”
Mr. Thurston established Bank of the West’s Chicago national banking office two years ago and has more than 20 years of banking experience in Chicago. In his role leading the Private Equity Team, Thurston reports to Mark Glasky, Executive Vice President and National Banking Division Manager at Bank of the West.
Founded in 1874, the $63 billion-asset Bank of the West offers a full range of personal, commercial, wealth management and international banking services. The bank operates more than 650 retail and commercial banking locations in 19 Western and Midwestern states. Bank of the West is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, which has a presence in 80 countries with nearly 200,000 employees. Bank of the West is headquartered in San Francisco (www.bankofthewest.com).
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