People: Bank of Montreal (BMO_pl.TO)
Mr. William A. Downe is Chief Executive Officer, Director of Bank of Montreal. He is President and Chief Executive Officer of BMO Financial Group. Since joining the Bank in 1983, he has served in several capacities. Prior toMarch 1, 2007, he was Chief Operating Officer, with responsibility for all of BMO’s operating units including P&C Canada & U.S., BMO Capital Markets, Private Client Group, Technology and Operations and Corporate Marketing. Prior to that, Mr. Downe served four years as Deputy Chairman, BMO Financial Group and Chief Executive Officer, BMO Nesbitt Burns, a role inwhich he oversaw BMO CapitalMarkets, Private Client Group and BMO Financial Group’s U.S. operations. Mr. Downe serves on the Board of Directors of BMO Nesbitt Burns Holding Corporation and BMO Financial Corp. (both subsidiaries of the Bank). In the U.S.,Mr. Downe is the past President of the Federal Reserve Advisory Council, and is currently a member of the Rush UniversityMedical Center Board of Trustees as well as their Compensation and Human Resources Committee and Development Committee, a Director on the Board ofManpower Inc. and amember of their Executive Compensation and Human Resources Committee, and a Director of Catalyst Inc. and its Canadian Advisory Board. In Canada, he is a Director on the Board of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCEE), he is the past Chair of the Board of Directors of St.Michael’s Hospital and is currently a Director on the Board of St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation and amember of the Campaign Executive, for The Campaign for the University of Toronto. Additionally,Mr. Downe is a Boardmember of The International Monetary Conference (IMC) and a member of the Economic Club of Chicago. Mr. Downe holds an M.B.A. from the University of Toronto.
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