Wisconsin Banking News

Banker appointed to oversee M&I integration with Harris

The Bank of Montreal has appointed of Russ Robertson to oversee the company’s integration of Harris Financial Corp. and Milwaukee’s Marshall & Ilsley Corp.

Robertson was appointed executive vice president of business integration, BMO Financial Group, and vice chairman of Chicago-based Harris Financial Corp., effective March 23, 2011.

Robertson will oversee the effective integration of the bank’s financial infrastructure across all businesses.

Prior to joining BMO in 2008, Robertson was managing partner of Arthur Andersen Canada and vice chairman of Deloitte and Touche (Canada).

BMO also appointed Tom Flynn as executive vice president and chief financial officer and Surjit Raipal as deputy head of enterprise risk and portfolio management.

"These leaders are highly qualified and their appointments reflect a significant step our company is making toward realizing the next phase of our growth plan. In line with our ongoing succession plans, the changes announced today position us well as we push ahead with our intensive customer agenda, including our plans to accelerate our growth in the U.S. as we move to combine our P&C U.S. operations and introduce a larger bank with a significant presence in the U.S Midwest," said Bill Downe, president and chief executive officer of BMO Financial Group.


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