Dan Defnet named president of Johnson Bank

Joined Johnson Financial Group in 2011

Dan Defnet has been appointed president of Racine-based Johnson Bank, Johnson Financial Group president and chief executive officer Jim Popp announced Thursday.

Johnson Bank, which is a part of Johnson Financial Group, is a privately-owned financial services company offering banking, wealth and insurance solutions through its subsidiary companies, Johnson Bank, Johnson Wealth, and Johnson Insurance Services.

Defnet, who joined the company in 2011, has more than 30 years of experience in the banking industry and was previously executive vice president of commercial banking for Johnson Financial Group.

“Dan is a seasoned leader who has done a terrific job of leading JFG’s commercial banking business, while staying true to our core values and lending disciplines,” said Popp.

Defnet has a bachelor in finance degree from the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. He is currently a board member of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and the Waukesha County Center for Growth.

Scott Cooney
Scott Cooney

Also, Popp announced that Scott Cooney has joined Johnson Financial Group as director of commercial banking and will become a member of the company’s executive leadership team reporting directly to Defnet. Cooney has 21 years of experience leading middle market commercial banking teams with Chase in Milwaukee.

“I’ve known and worked with Scott for many years, so we’re really excited to have him join our team to lead the strategy and execution of our core commercial banking business,” Popp said.

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