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BMO Harris Bank Appoints Erminia (Ernie) Johannson New U.S. Group Head, Personal and Business Banking

CHICAGO, Feb. 15, 2018 /CNW/ - BMO Harris Bank today announced the appointment of Erminia (Ernie) Johannson as Group Head, U.S. Personal and Business Banking.

Based in Chicago, Johannson will lead the bank's U.S. strategy for the personal and business banking segments, in addition to the oversight of the North American Retail and Small Business Payments and North American Fraud teams. Johannson will build on the strong momentum of BMO's new digital capabilities and recent product launches to deliver a first-class customer experience across the bank's key markets in the United States. She will also be part of the bank's Executive Committee.  

"Ernie's extensive North American banking experience, combined with her diverse knowledge of personal and business banking, will be a tremendous asset to our team," said David Casper, President and CEO, BMO Harris Bank. "I look forward to working closely with her as we focus on delivering a great customer experience."

Johannson's role was previously held by Alex Dousmanis-Curtis, who was recently named Head of Sales and Distribution, BMO's Canadian Personal and Business Banking.

Most recently, Johannson served as Head, North American Retail Credit and Chief Risk Officer, Canadian Personal and Business Banking and Wealth Management.  Johannson has been in the financial services industry for over 20 years, including the last six with BMO in a variety of leadership roles.

Johannson has served on several boards, including past Chair of the Canadian Marketing Association; she has received their Honorary Life Membership Award for her contributions in developing the marketing industry. She is currently on the Board of Directors for Payments Canada and Moneris Solutions Corporation. She looks forward to supporting and being engaged in communities across Chicagoland.

About BMO Harris Bank
BMO Harris Bank provides a broad range of personal banking products and solutions through nearly 600 branches and fee-free access to over 40,000 ATMs across the United States. BMO Harris Bank's commercial banking team provides a combination of sector expertise, local knowledge and mid-market focus throughout the U.S. For more information about BMO Harris Bank, go to the company fact sheet. Banking products and services are subject to bank and credit approval. BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC. BMO Harris Bank is part of BMO Financial Group, a highly diversified financial services provider with total assets of CDN$710 billion (as of October 31, 2017), and more than 45,000 employees.

SOURCE BMO Harris Bank

For further information: Media contact: Emily Penate, Chicago,, 312-461-7956

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