Nandita Bakhshi

President and CEO of Bank of the West, CEO of BancWest, Co-CEO of BNP Paribas USA Inc.

Nandita Bakhshi joined Bank of the West in June 2016 and oversees a team of more than 10,000 employees across the United States.

Prior to joining Bank of the West, Bakhshi held several leadership positions at TD Bank, Washington Mutual (acquired by JP Morgan Chase), FleetBoston (acquired by Bank of America), and First Data (acquired by Fiserv). She started her banking career as a part-time teller at a regional bank in upstate New York.

American Banker named her one of the top 4 Most Powerful Women in Banking in 2018 and the #1 Woman to Watch in Banking in 2016. The San Francisco Business Times recognized her as one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business in 2018, and in 2017, honored her and two other CEOs with the inaugural Inspire Award for women who are leading their companies with creativity, integrity and strategic vision.

Bakhshi holds a Master of Arts in international relations from Jadavpur University and a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Calcutta.

Banking on women: An intimate conversation with two CEOs

Chetna Gala Sinha created a cooperative micro-finance bank in a drought-prone area of India, changing women’s lives by giving them access to capital for the first time. Nandita Bakhshi left India, started her banking career as a teller, and rose through the ranks to become CEO of Bank of the West. These two women will […]

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