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Corporate Press Release American Banker Appoints Editorial Committee to Lead “Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance

  • September 12 2014, 12:00am EDT

American Banker today announced the formation of an editorial committee to support the brand’s annual “Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance” program. The Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance Editorial Committee comprises six journalists and editorial leaders from the masthead of American Banker.

The committee formalizes American Banker’s deep commitment to the Women in Banking program, which debuted in 2002, putting in place a corps of leaders who will guarantee the continuation of its legacy and traditions for many decades to come.

The committee will lead the development of the rankings and other special content associated with the event and participate in programming for its related live events, including the Gala Awards Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on October 9, the Mentor Factor Workshop, and Honoree Roundtable.

The committee will be led by Bonnie McGeer, Executive Editor ofAmerican Banker Magazine and long-time veteran of the Women in Banking initiative. McGeer previously has served as Managing Editor of the magazine. The other members of the committee include:

Kate Berry, Mortgage Lending and Servicing Reporter, American Banker. Berry has worked at a number of news organizations including the Associated Press, the Orange County Register, Dow Jones and theArizona Republic. She has won five awards from the Society of American Business Writers and Editors.

Penny Crosman, Technology Editor of American Banker and Editor in Chief of Bank Technology News. Crosman, who speaks frequently on financial technology issues and trends, has held numerous senior roles at business technology brands, including Bank Systems & Technology, Intelligent Enterprise and Network Magazine.

Victoria Finkle, Capitol Hill Reporter, American Banker. Finkle has been American Banker's Capitol Hill reporter for two years, and previously wrote about consumer finance for the brand. She was recognized by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in 2012 for reporting on abusive credit card practices.

Sarah Todd, Deputy Editor, BankThink. Todd oversees American Banker’s opinion blog, BankThink, and previously wrote for the American Institute of Economic Research and was the founding editor of its Daily Economy blog.

Rachel Witkowski, Reporter, American Banker. Witkowski covers the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Treasury Department. She has reported on the financial system for nearly a decade, and won several awards for her coverage of topics from banking to immigration.

“My colleagues on this committee bring a powerful commitment to the idea that women should be better represented in the top ranks of the financial services industry, an industry in which women constitute a majority of the total workforce,” said McGeer, who was recently named the magazine’s Executive Editor, succeeding Heather Landy as the publication’s leader. “I’m proud to be part of a program that recognizes women for their capabilities and accomplishments. I’m also pleased to have more women at my own company contribute to this team effort.”

“This is an exciting moment for American Banker and for The Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance,” said Marc Hochstein,American Banker’s Editor in Chief. “We are leveraging a deep bench of women editors and journalists who bring an authoritative understanding of banking and an unmatched commitment to quality business content and community building.”

About The Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance

The Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance recognizes the professional achievements, personal tenacity and overall influence of the industry’s top-performing female executives. The program encompasses four lists: The 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking™, the 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance, the 25 Women to Watch, and the Top Banking Teams. The rankings and details about the awards dinner are available in their entirety at The first list of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking appeared in 2003.American Banker is proud to continue the tradition of celebrating high-achieving women in the industry.

About American Banker

American Banker is the banking industry's most trusted resource for news, analysis, opinion and perspective about financial institutions, regulation, risk management, bank technology and market trends. American Banker Magazine is a monthly publication of American Banker, focusing on the ideas the people, and the companies that are changing the way bankers do business.

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