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Signature Bank Expands West Coast Operations With Appointment of Executive Director and 45 Professionals Spanning 15 Private Client Banking Teams

Signature Bank Expands West Coast Operations With Appointment of Executive Director and 45 Professionals Spanning 15 Private Client Banking Teams

Signature Bank, a New York-based full-service commercial bank, announced its expansion efforts in the greater Los Angeles market, complementing its San Francisco operations.

Judi Prejean, who will oversee the Bank’s West Coast growth and ongoing operations, was appointed to the post of Executive Director, West Coast Banking Operations, along with 45 professionals, spanning 15 private client banking teams. Total teams comprising Signature Bank’s West Coast Banking Operations are now at 19, which consists of 61 banking professionals.

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The new teams will be based in both Northern and Southern California, and as a result, Signature Bank will open four new private client banking offices in the Southern California areas of Warner Center (Woodland Hills), Newport Beach, Beverly Hills and Ontario. Concurrently, the Bank will enhance its presence in San Francisco with the appointment of five additional teams to its flagship Mission Street office.

Prejean, based in Warner Center, brings more than four decades of banking experience to her new role. Most recently, she was Senior Vice President and Business Banking Group Manager at Bank of the West in Los Angeles, where she spent nearly 30 years in roles of increasing responsibility. In her last position, she led business banking throughout California, working with small to mid-size businesses statewide, and managing nine banking teams. Colleagues she worked with there for 10+ years also joined Signature Bank.

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Emilie McMurray and James Canepa, each named Managing Group Director and Senior Vice President, are responsible for business development and for the oversight of six and four teams, respectively.

McMurray, with more than two decades of banking experience, joins from JPMorgan Chase in Irvine, California, and will be based in the Newport Beach office. Previously, as Senior Vice President and Market Manager for Business Banking in Orange County, California, McMurray and the 80+ person team she managed, oversaw the banking and finance needs of the institution’s commercial client base.

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