HR Executive Magazine Honors Western Alliance CHRO Barbara Kennedy

  • Oct 13, 2021

HR Executive magazine, a leading professional publication, has named Barbara Kennedy to its HR Honor Roll for 2021, no small feat in a year marked by COVID challenges plus the major acquisition of AmeriHome Mortgage for Western Alliance.

On this year’s list of honorees, Kennedy is in exemplary company. The magazine’s 2021 HR Executive of the Year is Kathleen Hogan of Microsoft and Kennedy is joined on the Honor Roll by Jeff Ryan of Zynga, the social game developer known for FarmVille.

In presenting the award, the magazine cited Kennedy’s work to codify the bank’s “People. Performance. Possibilities.” culture, as well as innovative HR programming.

The publication quotes Western Alliance Bank CEO Ken Vecchione, “As we continue to grow, Barbara’s ability to imbue our people-first culture all across our organization is integral to our ongoing success. She capably scales our entrepreneurial culture, with particular attention to helping people develop and grow their careers to reach their potential with us.”


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With more than $50 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.