Chief Executive Officer, BMO Financial Group
Darryl White is Chief Executive Officer, BMO Financial Group. He was appointed on November 1, 2017.
Darryl joined BMO in 1994, and has held a number of senior management positions, including Executive Managing Director & Head of Investment & Corporate Banking Montreal, Global Head of Equity Capital Markets & Deputy Head of Investment & Corporate Banking Canada, and Global Head of Investment & Corporate Banking. In 2014, he was named Group Head, BMO Capital Markets and served as CEO of BMO Nesbitt Burns legal entity until 2016. Darryl was appointed Chief Operating Officer, BMO Financial Group in 2016.
A longstanding community builder, Darryl was honoured by the United Way of New York City in 2016. He actively volunteers with the United Way of Greater Toronto and York Region, is a member of its 2017 Campaign Cabinet as Sector Chair, Finance. He serves as a director of the amalgamated network that includes St. Michael's Hospital, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and Providence Healthcare. Darryl is also a director of the Montreal Canadiens.
Darryl is a strong advocate for BMO’s efforts to ensure an inclusive workplace. He serves as a member of Catalyst Canada’s Advisory Board. He is also a past member of the Advisory Council of Women in Capital Markets.
Darryl holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and has completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. Darryl is a past recipient of Canada’s Top 40 under 40TM Award (November 2017).
David R. Casper
U.S. Chief Executive Officer, BMO Financial Group, which includes roles as Chair and Chief Executive Officer, BMO Harris Bank N.A. and Group Head, North American Commercial Banking
David is responsible for the overall performance of BMO Financial Corp., BMO Harris Bank N.A. and their subsidiaries. Additionally, he has responsibility for BMO Financial Group’s North American Commercial Banking business, which includes the bank’s Treasury and Payment Solutions group. He is also responsible for ensuring effective governance across all BMO U.S. operations.
David is a member of BMO Financial Group’s Executive Committee, and he chairs BMO’s U.S. Management Committee.
In his most recent role, David led the commercial banking business for BMO Harris Bank as Executive Vice-President and Head of Commercial Banking. Prior to that, from 2006 to 2010, David served as Executive Managing Director and Co-Head, Investment & Corporate Banking U.S. for BMO Capital Markets. In this role, he was responsible for coordinating the investment and corporate banking activities of the U.S. industry sector and product groups.
David began his career with BMO Financial Group working at Harris Bank in Chicago. He previously led its U.S. commercial business, as well as its U.S. corporate and investment banking business.
David currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Public Library Foundation, the Chicago Botanic Garden, the Ounce of Prevention Fund, the United Way of Greater Chicago, Northwestern Medical Group, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee’s Summerfest, Sentry Insurance Company, the Civic Federation and World Business Chicago. David is also on the Executive Committee of Junior Achievement of Chicago. He is a member of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago and the Trustees Committee of the Chicago Community Trust.
A Wisconsin native, David received a Masters of Management Degree from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a BA (AB) from Dartmouth College.
Head of BMO Global Asset Management (U.S.)
Phil is Head of BMO Global Asset Management’s (GAM) U.S. business. He is responsible for defining strategic priorities and initiatives, establishing regional business goals and priorities. He serves as the key relationship manager for the region providing leadership for governance and risk issues, and managing the U.S. leadership team.
Most recently, Phil served as head of relationship management overseeing client service, sales and marketing at BMO Global Asset Management (U.S.), including investment management and trust and custody services.
Prior to joining BMO in 2010, Phil was head of the Chicago office of Russell Investments and was responsible for its U.S. institutional defined contribution business. During his career with Russell, Phil held various roles in institutional sales and service working with defined benefit, endowment and foundation, and defined contribution clients. Prior to this, he worked with Hewitt Associates, where he led an investment consulting team within Hewitt Financial Services, providing services to defined contribution clients representing over $200 billion. Phil has over two decades of experience working in the financial services industry.
Phil holds an MBA in finance and marketing from Northwestern University and a BS from Indiana University. He has his CFA and CPA designations and is a member of the Investment Analyst Society of Chicago.
President, BMO Wealth Management U.S.
Darrel is responsible for overseeing the strategic development and delivery of BMO Financial Group’s personal wealth management businesses throughout the United States. The U.S. wealth management business provides the full complement of wealth management services, as well as comprehensive multi-family office services. He oversees a team of more than 1,100 wealth management professionals with offices across the U.S. For more than 125 years, BMO Private Bank has served the unique and continually evolving needs of affluent individuals and families through a highly personalized, relationship-focused approach. Darrel most recently served as Senior Vice President & Head of North American Integrated Channels. Other key roles include leading U.S. Business Banking and serving as Regional President, Harris Chicago Community Bank.
He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and his M.B.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Hackett currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago United and the Children First Fund. He is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, Economic Club of Chicago, the Young President’s Organization (YPO) and the Executive Leadership Council. Some of Hackett’s recognitions include 2018 and 2016 Savoy Magazine’s “100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America”, 2009 Crain’s Chicago Business “40 Under 40”, 2007 Chicago United - Business Leader of Color and being a 2007 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow.
Erminia (Ernie) Johannson
Group Head, North American Personal Banking & U.S. Business Banking
Ernie Johannson is BMO’s Group Head of North American Personal Banking and U.S. Business Banking, a member of the bank’s Executive Committee, and leads BMO’s North American Retail Payments team. Ernie leads a team of 13,000 responsible for serving more than 9 million personal and business banking customers.
In her current role, Ernie supports BMO’s efforts to accelerate growth, building on her passion for delivering exceptional customer service and her track record of innovating and generating sustainable profit growth in a rapidly changing environment. Her North American mandate allows her to scale elements of BMO’s technological and cultural transformations already underway in both geographies.
Ernie’s North American mandate is an expansion of her most recent position as Group Head, U.S. Personal & Business Banking. During her first year in that role, Ernie launched a bold five-year strategy that has changed the business’ trajectory. Revenue increased by double digits, and employee engagement significantly improved despite a heavy change agenda. She also championed the launch of new digital banking tools to both meet growing customer expectations and compete with larger-scale U.S. banks.
Ernie joined BMO in 2012 as Head, Canadian Personal Banking and North American Retail Payments, and moved to the role of Head, North American Retail Credit & Chief Risk Officer in 2016.
As Head of Canadian Personal Banking and North American Retail Payments, Ernie drove growth and championed the customer experience strategy for retail and microbusiness customers. She led the integration and optimization of technologies, processes, marketing and channel strategies for the personal business.
As Head of North American Retail Credit and Chief Risk Officer, Ernie optimized the bank’s retail risk profile and performance while accelerating adoption of technology and advanced analytics to enhance customer experience.
Before joining BMO, Ernie was EVP of Customer Strategy and Integration at Fidelity Investments, and held successively senior positions at CIBC, including SVP of Marketing and Strategy, and SVP of Credit Cards.
Ernie serves on the board of directors of the U.S. Consumer Bankers Association. She previously served on the boards of Payments Canada and Moneris Solutions Corporation, and was chair of the Canadian Marketing Association. In 2018, American Banker magazine ranked Ernie second on its “Women to Watch” list.
U.S. Chief Technology & Operations Officer and Head, Global Product Operations
Ken Librot is the U.S. Chief Technology and Operations Officer for BMO Harris Bank. He is responsible for the strategic and operational governance processes of the T&O organization, consistent with Enterprise direction and in alignment with the U.S. operating model and governance framework. He also leads the Product Operations organization and is accountable for all product processing, operations support services and collections for Personal & Commercial, Wealth Management and Capital Markets.
Prior to joining BMO, Ken spent two years with Citibank, where he held the position of Managing Director and Regional Head for North America Securities Operations and was responsible for establishing the strategic direction and delivery of a cost-effective organization. Prior to his career at Citibank, Ken was a Senior Managing Director at Bear Stearns & Company. Over his 20+ year tenure, he held a number of increasingly senior positions in Operations and Prime Finance with responsibilities spanning across North America, Europe and Asia.
Ken received his MBA in Finance from New York University and a BA in Economics from Union College in Schenectady, New York.
Head, U.S. Corporate Finance
Dan leads the U.S. Corporate Finance Group, which represents about half of the Commercial Bank. Corporate Finance includes Asset-Based Lending, Dealer Finance, Equipment Finance, Financial Institutions, Franchise Finance, Sponsor Finance, Sponsor Fund Lending and Community Investments.
He previously served as managing director and head of Merrill Lynch Capital's corporate finance unit where he led a team dedicated to providing cash flow, asset-based, junior secured and mezzanine financing solutions to middle market companies. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Dan spent 17 years with Heller Financial, most recently as group president of corporate finance with similar responsibilities to Merrill Lynch but also included equity investments and mergers & acquisitions advisory activities.
Dan has a bachelor's degree in Finance and Marketing from Northern Illinois University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Executive Vice President, U.S. Chief Risk Officer, BMO Financial Group
Cecily Mistarz is Executive Vice President and U.S. Chief Risk Officer for BMO Financial Group. She is responsible for ensuring that the organization is effectively identifying and managing the risks in the businesses and legal entities through which it operates in the U.S.
Cecily began her career with BMO in Corporate Banking in 1990, holding a variety of positons in Corporate Banking, Credit Risk and Risk Management. Most recently, she was overseeing the Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulatory remediation activity underway in the U.S., providing the structure, processes and integration necessary to ensure that regulatory issues are successfully resolved and regulator expectations met.
Cecily earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Bradley University and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago. She is on the Board of Directors of the Safer Foundation and Common Threads.
U.S. Chief Human Resource Officer & Chief Inclusion Officer
Executive Vice President and U.S. Chief Operating Officer
Chief Financial Officer, BMO Financial Corp.
Stephen R. Taylor currently serves as Chief Financial Officer, of BMO’s U.S. Operations and BMO Financial Corp. and is responsible for all aspects of the company's financial operations and processes including financial accounting and reporting, business planning & forecasting, management reporting and the treasury capital management functions. Mr. Taylor is also an active participant in the development and implementation of the company's business strategy.
Before joining BMO, Mr. Taylor was most recently with Citizens Financial Group where he served as Chief Financial Officer to the Consumer & Business Banking segment. Prior to Citizens Mr. Taylor had been with Fleet Boston Financial Corp. where he held a number of positions, the most recent of which being Director of Finance. Mr. Taylor began his career at KPMG and was Senior Manager in that firm's banking practice.
Mr. Taylor received his BS in Accounting from Providence College. He is a CPA and current member of the AICPA. Mr. Taylor is a member of the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Chicago.
Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, BMO Financial Group
George Walz is Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer at BMO Financial Corp. As Chief Compliance Officer, George is responsible for the overall strategic leadership, oversight and performance of BMO’s U.S. compliance program.
Prior to joining BMO in 2014, George was Vice President and Head of the Office of Risk and the Office of Regulatory Programs at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in Washington DC. He oversaw FINRA’s risk management function and the development of regulatory programs used by FINRA in its risk based examination programs of business conduct, financial risks and market conduct areas covering U.S. securities regulations.
George has served as a technical expert on risk based supervision of financial intermediaries for the International Monetary Fund and World Bank on projects with regulators to strengthen risk based supervision in countries in Latin America and Africa.
George graduated in Finance from Loyola University of Chicago.
Head, U.S. Diversified Industries Group
Ray leads the U.S. Diversified Industry Group which provides commercial banking services to private and public companies in a variety of industries, commercial real estate entities, government and municipalities, schools, social services organizations, and culture institutions. He is also accountable for developing and implementing the line of business strategy, building new customer relationships, and the overall financial performance of the business.
Since joining BMO in June 1986, Ray has worked extensively with both publicly held, equity sponsor owned, and privately held companies in a wide range of industries. Prior to rejoining the commercial bank in 2007, he was responsible for investment banking coverage activities in the Commercial and Industrial Group of BMO Capital Markets. He focused on raising public and private equity and debt, M&A engagements, structured finance, and lead syndicated loan transactions for clients and prospects throughout the United States.
Ray has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Miami University.
Ray also serves on the board of the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
Ann Marie Wright
U.S. Chief Auditor, BMO Financial Group
Ann Marie Wright is the U.S. Chief Auditor for BMO Financial Group. In this role, she is responsible for leading a team of audit professionals, identifying insights into current, emerging and potential issues, trends, and opportunities that will enhance efficiency and effectiveness of control processes. She provides audit advice and counsel to the CEO of BMO Financial Corp and the Board of Directors, driving positive change across the U.S. organization, and she liaises extensively with external regulators, ensuring the audit organization meets increasing regulatory expectations.
Most recently, Ann Marie was Chief Operating Officer for the North American Commercial Bank. She began her career at BMO Financial Group 15 years ago and has held numerous progressive roles including: Senior Audit Manager in the Corporate Audit Division; Managing Director - Business Manager, U.S. Investment Banking; Managing Director - Business Intelligence; and Managing and Director/Head - Capital Markets Compliance and Supervision. Prior to joining BMO, Ann Marie held credit/portfolio management roles at Bank of America and GE Capital.
Ann Marie holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Master's in Management degree specializing in Finance and Management Strategy from Northwestern University. She also holds the Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) designation.
She is a Board Member of Children Home & Aid Society of Illinois and The Chicago Foundation for Women.