Union Bank, N.A., announced that veteran banker and long-time community leader Leticia Aguilar has been promoted to the new position of regional executive, overseeing Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside counties. In her expanded role, she will also oversee local government affairs. Aguilar, who reports to Executive Vice President Michael Feldman, head of California Branch Banking, is based in Los Angeles. She was previously market president for San Diego.
"As we continue to expand our presence in Southern California, Leticia's extensive experience in the industry will be a tremendous asset for Union Bank," said Feldman. "Leticia's dedication to our customers has helped ensure that Union Bank is among the preferred community banks throughout the Southland."
Prior to joining Union Bank in 2009, Aguilar was a market president for Bank of America, and oversaw the bank's Greater Los Angeles market. She also held the title of consumer executive, where she was responsible for managing all aspects of consumer and business banking. Aguilar was a district manager for special markets and during that time she developed the bank's first Asian Retail Banking District in Southern California. She gained nearly 16 years of retail banking management experience during her 37 years with Bank of America.
"When a person like Leticia proves over many years a consistency of serving the community and demonstrating the highest level of professionalism, it is a benefit to everyone when that person is elevated to a position where she can touch many more lives," said Domenika Lynch, Executive Director of the Mexican American Alumni Programs at the University of Southern California. "Union Bank has taken a giant step forward in promoting Leticia."
Aguilar attended the University of La Verne and the University of Virginia, School of Retail Bank Management. She is the recipient of numerous professional and community awards, including the Woman of the Year 2008 award presented by the Anti-Defamation League and New Economics for Women. Aguilar is a member of the board of directors for the Performing Arts Center Spotlight Awards, is also an advisory council member for the University of Southern California Mexican American Alumni Association and served as chairwoman for the Thomas Rivera Policy Institute. She was also a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and United Way of Southern California.