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BMO Harris Bank Appoints New U.S. Group Head, Personal and Business Banking

February 20, 2018, 07:27 AM

BMO Harris Bank announced the appointment of Erminia (Ernie) Johannson as Group Head, U.S. Personal and Business Banking.

Based in Chicago, Johannson will lead the bank's U.S. strategy for the personal and business banking segments, in addition to the oversight of the North American Retail and Small Business Payments and North American Fraud teams. Johannson will build on the strong momentum of BMO's new digital capabilities and recent product launches to deliver a first-class customer experience across the bank's key markets in the United States. She will also be part of the bank's Executive Committee. 

"Ernie's extensive North American banking experience, combined with her diverse knowledge of personal and business banking, will be a tremendous asset to our team," said David Casper, President and CEO, BMO Harris Bank. "I look forward to working closely with her as we focus on delivering a great customer experience."

Johannson's role was previously held by Alex Dousmanis-Curtis, who was recently named Head of Sales and Distribution, BMO's Canadian Personal and Business Banking.

Most recently, Johannson served as Head, North American Retail Credit and Chief Risk Officer, Canadian Personal and Business Banking and Wealth Management.  Johannson has been in the financial services industry for over 20 years, including the last six with BMO in a variety of leadership roles.

Johannson has served on several boards, including past Chair of the Canadian Marketing Association; she has received their Honorary Life Membership Award for her contributions in developing the marketing industry. She is currently on the Board of Directors for Payments Canada and Moneris Solutions Corporation. She looks forward to supporting and being engaged in communities across Chicagoland.

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