Bridge Bank Hires Global Markets Banking Professional James Barron as Senior Foreign Exchange Sales Advisor
San Jose, Calif. — Bridge Bank’s Global Markets Group today announced the hiring of James Barron as senior foreign exchange sales advisor. Based in Boston, Barron will focus on expanding the East Coast presence of Bridge Bank’s Global Markets Group, formerly International Banking.
In his new role, Barron works closely with relationship managers and other internal partners to identify foreign exchange opportunities and advise the bank’s clients on managing and hedging their foreign exchange exposure.
“As we continue to expand our team, we seek out highly knowledgeable bankers who deliver the level of service and expertise Bridge Bank is known for,” said Brian Simonson, senior director in Bridge Bank’s Global Markets Group. “James brings a depth of experience that will benefit our Global Markets clients on the East Coast and beyond.”
Barron joins Bridge Bank after spending 35 years in global markets banking with State Street Corporation, The Huntington National Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland/Citizens Bank and Fleet National Bank/BankBoston.
Barron has extensive experience in global affairs, having lived, worked and traveled throughout Latin America, Europe and Asia. He is an active member of the community, serving in many capacities, including as a board member for the Central Catholic Schools Board for the Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts, and as founder and treasurer of Education Partners Nigeria, which works to meet schoolchildren’s needs in rural Nigeria.
“I am excited to be part of Bridge Bank’s expansion in Boston. We have a very talented and experienced team of individuals with expertise in technology and innovation, professional services, manufacturing and logistics, life sciences and commercial real estate,” Barron said. “Our philosophy is to listen, understand and work with clients to deliver responsive and strategic global solutions.”
Bridge Bank’s Global Markets Group provides financial products and services to help businesses expand into global trade markets. Global Markets offers experienced staff, creative, custom-tailored solutions and a focus on long-term customer relationships.
Bridge Bank, a division of Western Alliance Bank, Member FDIC, delivers relationship banking that puts clients at the center of everything. Founded in 2001 in Silicon Valley, Bridge Bank offers a full spectrum of tailored business banking solutions throughout the Bay Area and has specialized expertise focused on life sciences and technology and innovation companies, at every stage in their life cycle, through its offices in major tech hubs across the country. Bridge Bank also serves the private equity and venture capital communities and provides business escrow services. Bridge Bank is part of Western Alliance Bancorporation, which has more than $65 billion in assets and ranked #1 among top-performing large banks with assets greater than $50 billion in 2021 by both American Banker and Bank Director. As a regional bank with significant national capabilities, Bridge Bank delivers the reach, resources and local market expertise that make a difference for customers.