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TCF Financial Announces Transition Plan for Chief Financial Officer

December 17, 2019, 09:00 AM

TCF Financial Corporation announced Dennis Klaeser will step down from his role as chief financial officer on Oct. 1, 2020. At that time, Brian Maass, Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, will assume the role of CFO and will report directly to Craig Dahl, President and Chief Executive Officer.

After Klaeser steps down as CFO, the company intends to enter into an exclusive consulting agreement with Klaeser to provide strategic advice and assistance to TCF’s senior executive leadership.

“We are grateful for Dennis’ significant contributions throughout our merger of equals and at our legacy banks,” said Dahl. “We look forward to Dennis’ continued leadership of the finance team until his transition date, and he will continue to be actively involved in ensuring the success of integration activities through the third quarter of 2020. Dennis has been instrumental in delivering significant growth in shareholder value during the past 10 years and we congratulate him on his many accomplishments. I, and the entire leadership team, look forward to his continued contributions as a consultant to TCF.”

Dahl added, “I have worked with Brian for seven years and I am pleased to announce him as our next CFO. He has been instrumental in guiding our financial strategy pre-merger and in leading the finance and treasury functions through the close of our merger of equals and during our integration. I look forward to Brian’s leadership as he transitions to the CFO role next year and as we work to deliver on our merger commitments.”

Klaeser began serving as Executive Vice President and CFO at TCF with the closing of the merger of equals on Aug. 1. He previously served as EVO and CFO at Chemical Financial Corporation for three years, and served as CFO of Talmer Bancorp and First Place Bank. Additionally, Klaeser held leadership roles at Raymond James, PrivateBancorp, Inc., Anderson Corporate Finance and EVEREN Securities. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University and master’s degrees from the University of Chicago and Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Maass assumed the role of EVP, Deputy CFO and Treasurer at TCF following the closing of the merger. Prior to the merger, he served TCF as its CFO for nearly four years, and Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer for three years. Maass previously held leadership roles at Wells Fargo and Crowe LLP. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Northern Illinois University and holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.

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