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Barbara J. Kennedy

Chief Human Resources Officer


Barbara J. Kennedy is Chief Human Resources Officer of Western Alliance Bank. Ms. Kennedy oversees human resources, training, talent development, and recruitment for Western Alliance, which has 1,700+ employees across the country.

A strong mentor and culture champion, Ms. Kennedy brings more than 20 years of experience with national and multinational companies in the human resources discipline. Prior to joining Western Alliance, Ms. Kennedy was Senior Vice President of Human Resources for San Diego-based Encore Capital Group. She also held senior HR positions with United Stationers Supply Company and Swift Transportation Corporation.

Ms. Kennedy served on the Board of Directors for Ryan House, helping children and families navigate through their unique journeys. She also served on the board of Novo Group, a national recruiting and management consulting firm. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia.

About Us

With more than $40 billion in assets, Western Alliance Bancorporation (NYSE:WAL) is one of the country’s top-performing banking companies. The company is again #1 best-performing of the 50 largest public U.S. banks in the new S&P Global Market Intelligence listing for 2020 and ranks high on the Forbes “Best Banks in America” list year after year. Its primary subsidiary, Western Alliance Bank, Member FDIC, helps business clients realize their ambitions with teams of experienced bankers who deliver superior service and a full spectrum of customized loan, deposit and treasury management capabilities. Business clients also benefit from a powerful array of specialized financial services that provide strong expertise and tailored solutions for a wide variety of industries and sectors. Most recently, the bank added to these capabilities with the acquisition of AmeriHome Mortgage, a leading national business-to-business mortgage platform. Serving clients across the country wherever business happens, Western Alliance Bank operates individual, full-service banking brands and has offices in key markets nationwide.