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TODD H. BAKER JOINS UNION BANK AS CORPORATE STRATEGY DIRECTOR
For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO -- November 15, 2010 -- Union Bank, N.A., today announced that Todd H. Baker has joined the company as corporate strategy director. In his role, Baker will provide overall leadership for Union Bank’s business-level strategic plan development and support. Baker is based in San Francisco and reports to Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer John F. Woods.
Prior to joining Union Bank, Baker was executive director of corporate development at TD Bank, N.A., where he was responsible for sourcing and executing acquisitions in the U.S. market. From 2001 to 2008, Baker served as executive vice president at Washington Mutual, Inc. in Seattle. He held several positions with increasing responsibility during his tenure, including head of corporate strategy & development. Baker was also instrumental in directing strategic capital-raising initiatives.
"We are pleased to have a seasoned and highly skilled corporate strategy executive like Todd join our team," says Woods. "Todd’s demonstrated expertise is a tremendous asset to Union Bank as we continue to pursue our strategic goals of growth and expansion."
Prior to joining Washington Mutual, Baker had a 20-year legal career based in San Francisco. As a corporate partner with international law firms Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, and Morrison & Foerster, LLP, he represented financial services, technology and corporate and investment banking clients in mergers and acquisitions, public securities offerings, private placements and tender offers.
Baker earned a J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he was a member of the Stanford Law Review, and he earned an A.B. from Dartmouth College, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.