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BMO's Darrel Hackett Named One of the Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America by Savoy Magazine

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS--(Marketwired - March 1, 2016) - Darrel Hackett, President, BMO Wealth Management (U.S.), has been named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America by Savoy Magazine.

The Savoy Top 100 honors African American executives, influencers and achievers who represent a diverse range of industries with a national and global focus. Honorees contribute not only within their companies, but also in their surrounding communities.

In selecting Mr. Hackett, Savoy Magazine singled him out for his strong record of professional accomplishments and for his longstanding and dedicated commitment to bettering his community.

Since joining BMO Financial Group in 2004, Mr. Hackett has served in a variety of commercial banking, retail banking and wealth management leadership roles. In his current position, he is responsible for the performance, strategy, and delivery of BMO Financial Group's personal wealth management businesses throughout the United States. This includes leading three distinct businesses across the mass affluent, high net worth and ultra-high net worth segments: BMO Harris Financial Advisors, BMO Private Bank (U.S.) and CTC myCFO.

Mr. Hackett serves on the Board of Directors for the Art Institute of Chicago and the Adler Planetarium. He is also a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emmanuel to the Chicago Cook Workforce Investment Committee in 2013. Some of Mr. Hackett's recognitions include being listed in Crain's Chicago Business' 2009 "40 Under 40," being identified as a Business Leader of Color by Chicago United and being named a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow.

"Darrel is a great role model and strong advocate for the African American community," stated L.P. Green, II, Publisher of Savoy Magazine. "We are continually inspired by the success of executives such as Darrel and we salute the corporations that support and value their diverse contributions."

"Savoy Magazine is such a positive publication and showcases the amazing efforts of African Americans across the country," said Mr. Hackett. "Their Most Influential list always includes accomplished, impressive individuals. I feel very fortunate and honored to be among them."

"We take great pride in the diverse group of leaders we have at BMO, and we are very happy for Darrel and his wonderful family that he has been included on this prestigious list," said David Casper, President and CEO, BMO Harris Bank. "I've had the distinct pleasure of working with Darrel for over ten years, and I know firsthand that his focus on helping clients achieve their financial goals is matched only by his commitment to the community."

Mr. Hackett has a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science (Cum Laude) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

About BMO Financial Group

Established in 1817, BMO Financial Group is a highly diversified financial services provider based in North America. With total assets of CDN $699 billion as of January 31, 2016, and close to 47,000 employees, BMO provides a broad range of retail banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets.

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