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Dec. 4, 2008

The Game of Consolidation

Bank of the West General Counsel Vanessa Washington is helping to steer the company through a tumultuous time in the industry. She said she enjoys the unpredictability of her job.

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Bank of the West first known as Farmers National Gold Bank and then First National Bank of San Jose has reinvented itself many times since its founding in 1874. In the 1990s, the bank embarked on a series of acquisitions that catapulted the bank from 40 Bay Area locations to more than 700 locations in 19 Western and Midwestern states as of this year.

It also found itself under new ownership, after merging with Honolulu-based First Hawaiian Bank in 1998, an... (continued)

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