Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Executive Officers

Robert G. Sarver
Robert G. Sarver
Executive Chairman
Robert G. Sarver
• Executive Chairman, Western Alliance Bancorporation, since April 2018, prior to which Mr. Sarver served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from December 2002 until April 2018.
• Managing Partner, Phoenix Suns NBA basketball team.
• Director, Sarver Heart Center at the University of Arizona.
• Part Owner, Real Club Deportivo Mallorca, S.A.D., a Spanish professional soccer club.
• Founder and Managing Principal, Southwest Value Partners Enterprises (“SVP”).
• Director, Meritage Homes Corporation, until May 2019.
• Director, Skywest Airlines, from 2000 to 2015.
• Director and Credit Committee Member, Zions Bancorporation, from 1995 to 2001.
• Executive Vice President, Zions Bancorporation, from June 1998 to March 2001.
• Chairman and CEO, California Bank and Trust, from June 1998 to March 2001.
• Lead Investor and Chief Executive Officer, GB Bancorporation, the former parent company of Grossmont Bank, from 1995 to 1997.
• Founder and President, National Bank of Arizona, from 1984 until the bank’s time of sale in 1994 to Zions Bancorporation.


• B.S., Business Administration, University of Arizona
Kenneth A. Vecchione
Kenneth A. Vecchione
Chief Executive Officer
Kenneth A. Vecchione
• Chief Executive Officer, Western Alliance Bancorporation, since April 1, 2018, after rejoining the company as President in July 2017.
• President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director, Encore Capital Group (“Encore”), starting in April 2013, adding the position of Chief Executive Officer as of June 2013 through his June 2017 departure.
• Chairman, Cabot Credit Management, Encore’s largest majority owned international subsidiary, during his time with Encore.
• President and Chief Operating Officer, Western Alliance Bancorporation, from April 2010 to April 2013.
• Board Member, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, from 2012 to 2013.
• Director and Audit Committee Chairman, International Securities Exchange, from 2007 to June 2016.
• Director and Audit Committee Chairman, Affinion Group, until January 2011.
• Chief Financial Officer, Apollo Global Management, LLC, from 2007 to 2010.
• Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer and multiple other positions, MBNA Corporation, from 1998 to 2006, with three years in the above listed titles.
• Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, AT&T Universal Card Services, from 1997 to 1998.
• Chief Financial Officer, Citicorp Credit Services, from 1990 to 1994.
• Current Board Member of the Phoenix Symphony.


• B.S., State University of New York
Dale Gibbons
Dale Gibbons
Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer
Dale Gibbons
• Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer, Western Alliance Bancorporation, since 2018, prior to which Mr. Gibbons served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company beginning in May 2003.
• Chief Financial Officer, Zions Bancorporation, from August 1996 to June 2001.
• Mr. Gibbons worked for First Interstate Bancorp in a variety of retail banking and financial management positions from 1979 to 1996.


• B.S., Arizona State University


• CPA
James Haught
James Haught
President and Chief Operating Officer
James Haught
• President and Chief Operating Officer, Western Alliance Bancorporation, since April 2018, prior to which Mr. Haught served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer beginning in April 2017.
• Managing Partner for Financial Services, The Exequor Group, from July 2013 to April 2017.
• Senior Vice President/Global Head of Capital, State Street Corporation, from 2010 to 2013.
• Mr. Haught began his banking career working for 12 years at RBS Citizens, including assignments in London, Boston, and Providence covering lending, modeling, asset liability management, and capital planning.
• Prior to entering banking, Mr. Haught served eight years as a United States Naval Officer.


• B.S., University of Rochester
• M.B.A., University of Rhode Island


• CFA
• FRM
Timothy R. Bruckner
Timothy R. Bruckner
Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer
Timothy R. Bruckner
• Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer, Western Alliance Bancorporation, since April 2019.
• Executive Vice President, Divisional Chief Credit Officer, Alliance Bank of Arizona, a division of Western Alliance Bank, from January 2016 through April 2019.
• Vice Chair and former Board Chair, Native American Connections.
• Managing Director – Arizona Commercial Banking, BMO Harris Bank, from September 2012 to 2016. Mr. Bruckner worked for BMO Harris Bank as a Senior Vice President in a variety of divisions including Manager of the Special Assets Division, President of M&I Business Credit and President of M&I Equipment Finance, from June 2006 until his departure in February 2016.
• Line of Business Head – Healthcare Finance/Leasing, Banc of America – Leasing & Capital, from 2003 to 2006.


• B.S., University of Nebraska
• M.B.A., Creighton University
Barbara Kennedy
Barbara Kennedy
Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer
Barbara Kennedy
• Chief Human Resources Officer and Executive Vice President, Western Alliance Bancorporation, since April 2018.
• Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Encore Capital Group, from April 2014 to April 2018.
• Senior Vice President of Human Resources, United Stationers Supply Company, from August 2008 to March 2014.
• Member of the Board of Directors of the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago, the Novo Group, and Meals On Wheels, from August 2008 to March 2014.
• Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Safety, Recruiting and Driver Services, Swift Transportation Company, Inc., from August 1999 to July 2008.
• Ms. Kennedy served in various management positions in Human Resources at Barr-Nunn Transportation.


• B.A., University of Missouri-Columbia
Randall S. Theisen
Randall S. Theisen
Executive Vice President, General Counsel
Randall S. Theisen
• Executive Vice President, Corporate Secretary and General Counsel, Western Alliance Bancorporation, since February 2013, prior to which he was General Counsel for the Company starting in February 2006.
• Prior to joining Western Alliance Bancorporation and Western Alliance Bank he served as the head of the Financial Institutions Practice Group of a major Phoenix-based law firm.
• Named a “Leading Lawyer 2006” and “Best of the Bar 2005” for banking attorneys by The Business Journal of Phoenix, and as the “Arizona Public Company Counsel of the Year” in 2014 by the Association of Corporate Counsel.


• B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
• J.D., Arizona State University

Board of Directors

Robert G. Sarver
Robert G. Sarver
Chairman
Robert G. Sarver
• Executive Chairman, Western Alliance Bancorporation, since April 2018, prior to which Mr. Sarver served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from December 2002 until April 2018.
• Managing Partner, Phoenix Suns NBA basketball team.
• Director, Sarver Heart Center at the University of Arizona.
• Part Owner, Real Club Deportivo Mallorca, S.A.D., a Spanish professional soccer club.
• Founder and Managing Principal, Southwest Value Partners Enterprises (“SVP”).
• Director, Meritage Homes Corporation, until May 2019.
• Director, Skywest Airlines, from 2000 to 2015.
• Director and Credit Committee Member, Zions Bancorporation, from 1995 to 2001.
• Executive Vice President, Zions Bancorporation, from June 1998 to March 2001.
• Chairman and CEO, California Bank and Trust, from June 1998 to March 2001.
• Lead Investor and Chief Executive Officer, GB Bancorporation, the former parent company of Grossmont Bank, from 1995 to 1997.
• Founder and President, National Bank of Arizona, from 1984 until the bank’s time of sale in 1994 to Zions Bancorporation.


• B.S., Business Administration, University of Arizona
Bruce Beach
Bruce Beach
Lead Director
Bruce Beach
• Chairman, BeachFleischman PC, an accounting and business advisory firm in Southern Arizona, since May 1991.
• Chief Executive Officer, BeachFleischman PC, from 1991 to 2015.
• Board member, Arizona State Board of Accountancy, since his gubernatorial appointment in July 2018.
• Board member and former Chairman, Southern Arizona Leadership Council.
• Former Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and Audit Committee Chairman, Carondelet Health Network, one of the largest hospital systems in Southern Arizona.


• B.S., Business Administration, University of Arizona
• M.B.A., University of Arizona
Howard N. Gould
Howard N. Gould
Howard N. Gould
• Vice Chairman, Carpenter and Company since 2005.
• Director, Bridge Capital Holdings, from 2009 until it merged into Western Alliance Bank in June of 2015.
• California Commissioner of Financial Institutions under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger from 2004 to 2005.
• Vice Chairman, Bank of the West, from 2002 to 2003.
• Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, United California Bank, from 1992 until its acquisition by Bank of the West.
• Managing Partner, The Secura Group, a nationwide financial services consultancy, prior to 1992.
• Superintendent of Banks for the State of California under Governor George Deukmejian from 1983 to 1989.
• Retail Banking, Bank of America, prior to 1983.
• Statewide Corporate Public Affairs, Wells Fargo Bank, prior to 1983.


• B.S., Business Administration, San Jose State University
• M.B.A., California State University
Steven J. Hilton
Steven J. Hilton
Steven J. Hilton
• Co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Meritage Homes Corporation, a publicly traded home building company listed on the NYSE. Mr. Hilton originally founded Monterey Homes, in 1985, which became publicly traded and combined with Legacy Homes in 1997, which thereafter became Meritage Homes Corporation.
• Member, NAHB’s High Production Home Builders Council.
• Board Member, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.


• B.S., Accounting, University of Arizona
Marianne Boyd Johnson
Marianne Boyd Johnson
Marianne Boyd Johnson
• Board Member, Boyd Gaming Corporation, since 1992.
• Vice Chairman of the Board, Boyd Gaming Corporation, since February 2001.
• Executive Vice President, Boyd Gaming Corporation, since January 2008.
• Senior Vice President, Boyd Gaming Corporation, from December 2001 until December 2007. Ms. Johnson has served Boyd Gaming since 1977 in a variety of capacities, including sales and marketing. • Director, Nevada Community Bank until its sale to First Security Bank (Wells Fargo) in 1993.
Robert P. Latta
Robert P. Latta
Robert P. Latta
• Senior Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, one of the nation’s leading technology and growth business law firms, where he has worked since 1979 and has served as a member of various firm management committees.
• Director, Bridge Capital Holdings, from 2004 until it merged into the Company in June of 2015.


• B.A., Economics, Stanford University
• J.D., Stanford University
Todd Marshall
Todd Marshall
Todd Marshall
• Owner and President, Marshall Management Co., a real estate investment and property management company in Las Vegas.
• Director, Marshall Retail Group, which owns and operates stores in more than 140 locations, primarily in major casino-hotels in Nevada, Mississippi, and New Jersey, from May 1976 to 2015.
• Chairman, Marshall Retail Group, until 2014.
• Board Member, Consumer Health Services, from July 2007 to July 2012.
• Chief Operating Officer, Consumer Health Services, from March 2011 to March 2012.
• Former Chief Executive Officer, Marshall Retail Group.
Adriane C. McFetridge
Adriane C. McFetridge
Adriane C. McFetridge
• Director of Engineering—Subscription Platform, Netflix, since May 2017.
• Member of the Advisory Council of the Computer Science Department of the University of Texas since 2016.
• Vice President—Payment Software Services, Verifone, from 2015 to 2016.
• Director of Product Management, StubHub, from 2014 to 2015.
• Director of Cross Border Trade, Ebay, from 2012 to 2014, prior to which Ms. McFetridge served as Chief of Staff to the CEO from 2011 to 2012, and as Director, Quality Assurance from 2002-2007.
• Director of Quality Operations, PayPal, from 2009 to 2011.
• Chief Technology Officer, Tradera AB, an Ebay, Inc. company located in Stockholm, Sweden, from 2007 to 2009.
• Various management and engineering positions at Nortel Dasa and Bell Northern Research.


• B.S., Computer Science, University of Texas
• M.B.A., Alliance Manchester Business School
James E. Nave, D.V.M.
James E. Nave, D.V.M.
James E. Nave, D.V.M.
• Owner, Tropicana Animal Hospital, since 1974, and owner of multiple veterinary hospitals.
• Director and Audit Committee Chairman, Station Casinos, LLC.
• Lead Director, Audit Committee Chairman, Member of the Governance and Compensation Committees for Red Rock Resorts, Inc.
• Globalization Liaison Agent for Education and Licensing for the American Veterinary Medical Association.
• Director of International Affairs, American Veterinary Medical Association, until July 2013, completing a second six-year term, and a past President of that organization.
• Member and past President, Nevada Veterinary Medical Association and the Western Veterinary Conference.
• Former Executive Board Member, the World Veterinary Association.
• Former Chairman, University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine Development Committee.
• Member and Former Chairman, Nevada State Athletic Commission, from 1988 to 1999 and Chairman from 1989 to 1992 and from 1994 to 1996.
• Captain and Bronze Star Recipient, United States Armed Forces, during the Vietnam War until his discharge in 1971.


• B.S., University of Missouri
• Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri
Michael Patriarca
Michael Patriarca
Michael Patriarca
• Managing Director, Promontory Financial Group, a premier financial services consulting firm, where he advised large financial institutions on risk management, audit, compliance, governance and a broad range of regulatory issues from 2009 to 2014, prior to which he served as a consultant from 2005 to 2008.
• Global Head of Risk Management and Audit, Visa International, from 1999 to 2005.
• General Auditor, Wells Fargo Bank, where he also held several key executive positions in the areas of audit, security, compliance, and risk management from 1992 to 1999.
• Senior Regulatory Roles, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Office of Thrift Supervision, with over 16 years of government service.


• B.A., History, University of California-Davis
• J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law
• L.L.M., Administrative Law/Economic Regulation, The George Washington University Law School
Donald D. Snyder
Donald D. Snyder
Donald D. Snyder
• Dean, William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at the University of Nevada Las Vegas from June 2010 to June 2013; Executive Dean for Strategic Development from June 2013 to January 2014; President from February 2014 to January 2015; Presidential Advisor for Strategic Initiatives from January 2015 to January 2016; and currently Presidential Advisor in a voluntary capacity for University of Nevada Las Vegas.
• Chairman, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.
• Director, Compensation Committee Chairman, Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee Member, Tutor Perini Corporation, one of the largest general contractors in the United States, publicly traded on the NYSE, until May 2019.
• Director, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Chairman, and Compensation Committee Member, Switch, Inc., a publicly traded data center developer and operator.
• Director, NV Energy, from 2005 to 2013.
• President, Boyd Gaming Corporation, from January 1997 to March 2005, having joined the company’s board of directors in April 1996 and its management team in July 1996.
• Co-Founder, Western Alliance Bancorporation, through the establishment of Bank of Nevada, the Company’s first bank subsidiary (f/k/a BankWest Nevada).
• President and CEO, Fremont Street Experience LLC, a private/public partnership formed to develop and operate a major redevelopment project in Downtown Las Vegas, from 1992 to July 1996.
• Chairman of the board of directors and CEO, First Interstate Bank of Nevada, then Nevada’s largest full-service bank, from 1987 to 1991. During his 22 years with First Interstate Bank from 1969 to 1991, Mr. Snyder served in various management positions in retail and corporate banking, as well as international and real estate banking.


• B.S. Business Administration, University of Wyoming
• Graduate School of Credit & Financial Management, Stanford University
Sung Won Sohn, Ph.D.
Sung Won Sohn, Ph.D.
Sung Won Sohn, Ph.D.
• President, SS Economics, an economic consulting firm focused on the U.S. economy, the pacific-rim and technology including Artificial Intelligence.
• Professor of Finance and Economics, Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, beginning in the fall of 2019.
• Commissioner, Los Angeles City Employees Retirement System (LACERS) Board of Administration.
• Board Member, National Association of Corporate Directors Southern California.
• Former Smith Professor of Economics and Finance, California State University.
• Former Vice Chairman, Forever 21, a multi-national retailer.
• President and Chief Executive Officer of Hanmi Financial Corporation, a commercial bank in Los Angeles, California, from 2005 to 2007.
• Executive Vice President and Chief Economic Officer, Wells Fargo Bank, from 1998 to 2005.
• Senior Economist, the President’s Council of Economic Advisors in the White House, prior to 1974.
• Tenured Professor, Pennsylvania State University System, prior to his time at the White House.
• Author of two books, Global Financial Crisis and Exit Strategy and The New Economy.
• Prior Board Member, Port of Los Angeles, First California Bank, Foreign Affairs Council of Los Angeles, Children’s Bureau of Los Angeles, Ministers Mutual Life Insurance Company, L.A. Music Center (Performing Arts), Park Nicollet Health Services, The Blake School, Minnesota Community College System, North Memorial Medical Center, Harvard Business School Association of Minnesota, and the American Heart Association of Minnesota.


• B.S., Economics, University of Florida
• Master’s Degree in Economics, Wayne State University
• Ph.D. in Economics, University of Pittsburgh
• Professional Master’s Degree, Harvard Business School
Kenneth A. Vecchione
Kenneth A. Vecchione
Kenneth A. Vecchione
• Chief Executive Officer, Western Alliance Bancorporation, since April 1, 2018, after rejoining the company as President in July 2017.
• President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director, Encore Capital Group (“Encore”), starting in April 2013, adding the position of Chief Executive Officer as of June 2013 through his June 2017 departure.
• Chairman, Cabot Credit Management, Encore’s largest majority owned international subsidiary, during his time with Encore.
• President and Chief Operating Officer, Western Alliance Bancorporation, from April 2010 to April 2013.
• Board Member, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, from 2012 to 2013.
• Director and Audit Committee Chairman, International Securities Exchange, from 2007 to June 2016.
• Director and Audit Committee Chairman, Affinion Group, until January 2011.
• Chief Financial Officer, Apollo Global Management, LLC, from 2007 to 2010.
• Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer and multiple other positions, MBNA Corporation, from 1998 to 2006, with three years in the above listed titles.
• Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, AT&T Universal Card Services, from 1997 to 1998.
• Chief Financial Officer, Citicorp Credit Services, from 1990 to 1994.
• Current Board Member of the Phoenix Symphony.


• B.S., State University of New York
William S. Boyd
William S. Boyd
Director Emeritus
William S. Boyd
• Chairman of the Board of Directors, Boyd Gaming Corporation, since August 1988 (Director since June 1988).
• Executive Chairman, Boyd Gaming Corporation, since January 2008.
• Chief Executive Officer, Boyd Gaming Corporation, August 1988 through December 2007.
• Director, California Hotel and Casino, since its inception in 1973.
• Past Board Member and President Emeritus, National Center for Responsible Gaming.
• Director, Nevada State Bank, from 1965 to 1985.
• Played a leading role in founding the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.


• B.A., University of Nevada, Reno
• J.D., University of Utah Law School