SeanFrenchFrench named Small Business Stratgey Consultant & Wells Fargo At WorkSM Leader

Sean French has been named Small Business Strategy Consultant and Wells Fargo At WorkSM leader for the Western Mountain Region. In his new role, French will be a member of the Western Mountain Leadership Team and will be responsible for strategy development, implementation, and leadership to drive the Small Business and Wells Fargo at Work plans and initiatives across Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Nevada and Arizona. His appointment has been announced by Western Mountain Regional Bank Executive Gerrit van Huisstede.

“Sean has done an outstanding job as Northern Nevada area president over the past 12 years,” said van Huisstede. “He is passionate

about being his best, working collaboratively with all lines of businesses, and putting our customers at the center of everything he does. I am confident our Western Mountain small business efforts and Wells Fargo at Work initiatives will continue to thrive under his strategic leadership.”

French will report to Washington Region President Patrick Yalung and will have a dotted-line reporting relationship to van Huisstede. Additionally, he will partner closely with Doug Case, Small Business Segment manager, and Jodi Blackwood, Wells Fargo at Work national sales leader.

“I am excited to work directly with Sean as he takes on this new role for Western Mountain,” said Yalung. “Sean’s energy and drive will be a great benefit to our small business and Wells Fargo at Work efforts as he partners with all regions within Western Mountain to maximize acquisition and cross sell results.”

French joined Wells Fargo in 1992 as a personal banker and has held various positions over his tenure, including store manager, district manager, and Small Business manager. In his role as Small Business manager, he worked closely with partners across Nevada to build goals for small business success, created training to enhance team member skillsets and established protocols for managing small business relationships, In his current role as area president for Northern Nevada, French grew deposit market share from 30% to 35%, built a robust small business market penetration over 50% and supported the largest brokerage and private bank operation in that area.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California State University and is a Pacific Coast Banking School graduate. French is active within the Northern Nevada community and was the vice chair of the Nevada Bankers Association, past president of Truckee Meadows Community College, chair of the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce and committee chair for Big Brothers Big Sisters. He currently is a board member of the Nevada Humane Society and Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful.

French will continue to reside in Reno, Nevada.