Dillan Knudson Named Head of Commercial Banking for Arizona at Western Alliance Bank

Addition of C&I industry veteran aligns with Arizona businesses’ growing needs

October 25, 2023

PHOENIX – Western Alliance Bank today announced that Dillan Knudson has been appointed as the organization’s Head of Commercial Banking for Arizona. 

“Dillan brings outstanding depth and breadth of experience in the region to this role,” said Ken Vecchione, president and chief executive officer of Western Alliance Bank. “With his proven commitment to serving clients, as well as his expertise in executing strategic growth initiatives, he will help the organization expand the services and solutions we deliver to Arizona’s growing Commercial and Industrial market.”

With over 16 years of banking experience, Knudson most recently served as Regional President and Head of Commercial Banking at PNC Bank in Austin. In that role, he executed the Bank’s local strategic growth initiatives after PNC’s acquisition of BBVA USA in 2021. Knudson returns to Phoenix after holding several leadership positions at BBVA USA throughout the Southwest, including Market CEO for Houston, which housed BBVA USA’s domestic headquarters. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks and completed an Executive Education Program at the University of Texas at Austin. 

“I’m thrilled to be back in Phoenix and energized to support Western Alliance Commercial Banking initiatives here in Arizona,” said Knudson. “I’m excited to join Arizona’s largest locally headquartered bank as we look to our next chapter. I look forward to expanding our teams across the state, helping local Arizona companies excel, engaging with community partners, and ultimately supporting economic growth across the region.” 

Knudson's addition to the Arizona team aligns with the planned retirement of Alliance Bank of Arizona Division CEO Don Garner, which is set for year's end.


About Western Alliance Bank 

With more than $70 billion in assets, Western Alliance Bancorporation is one of the country’s top-performing banking companies. Its primary subsidiary, Western Alliance Bank, Member FDIC, offers a full spectrum of tailored commercial banking solutions and consumer products, all delivered with outstanding service by banking and mortgage experts who put customers first. Major accolades include being ranked as a top U.S. bank in 2023 by American Banker and Bank Director. Serving clients across the country wherever business happens, Western Alliance Bank operates individual, full-service banking and financial brands and has offices in key markets nationwide. 

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Alliance Bank of Arizona

Alliance Bank of Arizona, a division of Western Alliance Bank, Member FDIC, delivers relationship banking that puts clients at the center of everything. Founded in 2003, Alliance Bank of Arizona offers a full spectrum of tailored commercial banking solutions delivered with outstanding service. With offices in Greater Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff, Alliance Bank of Arizona was named 2022 Lender Firm of the Year by NAIOP Arizona, among many other awards and recognitions. Alliance Bank is part of Western Alliance Bancorporation, which has more than $70 billion in assets. Major accolades include being ranked as a top U.S. bank in 2023 by American Banker and Bank Director. As a regional bank with significant national capabilities, Alliance Bank of Arizona delivers the reach, resources and local market expertise that make a difference for customers.

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