Nandita Bakhshi is a transformational leader and demonstrates how banks can build a better, more equitable future through sustainability, diversity and with a global reach.
As President and CEO of Bank of the West and co-CEO of BNP Paribas USA Inc., Nandita serves on the Board of Directors of Bank of the West and BNP Paribas USA, and is a member of Bank of the West’s and BNP Paribas USA’s Executive Management Committees.
As BNP Paribas USA’s largest affiliate, Bank of the West is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with a team of nearly 10,000 employees and community banking roots dating back more than 140 years. Through digital channels and more than 500 branches and offices across 24 states, the bank offers customers retail, wealth, corporate, commercial, and business banking products and services. Bank of the West is a financially strong, well-capitalized and prudently-managed FDIC-insured bank with nearly $100 billion in assets as of December 31, 2020.
In her more than 30 year career in banking, Nandita has worked in roles from teller to CEO and advanced through corporate leadership positions with TD Bank, Washington Mutual (now JP Morgan Chase), FleetBoston (now Bank of America), and First Data (now Fiserv). Nandita has a proven record of innovative thought leadership on Environmental, Social and Governance issues. In fact, Bank of the West is one of the few U.S. banks to restrict financing of activities deemed harmful to the planet. It has the strongest environmental policies of any major U.S. bank and uses its financial strength to support growth that protects the planet and contributes to a more equitable society. The bank has also been named one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality and Women by Forbes’.
Nandita’s leadership has been constantly recognized and she has been named on Barron’s list of the 100 Most Influential Women in U.S. finance, Forbes’ 50 Over 50 list, and American Banker’s Most Powerful Women in Banking.
Nandita is also making an impact by partnering with like-minded organizations. In 2021, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco appointed her to represent the 12th District on the Federal Advisory Council. She serves on the Board of Directors of Grameen America, the U.S. India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF), the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI) and the Pacific Bankers Management Institute at the Pacific Coast Banking School (PCBS), and is a member of the Supervisory Board of The Clearing House, the Committee for Economic Development of the Conference Board (CED), and the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).
Nandita grew up in India, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Calcutta, a Master of Arts degree in international relations from Jadavpur University, and currently lives with her family in San Francisco.