Great Western Bancorp, Inc. appointed James A. Israel to its Board of Directors and to the Board of Directors of its wholly owned banking subsidiary, Great Western Bank.
Israel is a retired senior executive of Deere & Company, where he served most recently as President of the Worldwide Financial Services Division in Johnston, IA. Israel spent nearly four decades at Deere & Company, serving in a number of executive roles including SVP, Sales & Marketing, Europe, Africa & the CIS in its Agricultural Equipment Division and SVP of International Lending.
“The board will benefit greatly from Mr. Israel’s extensive expertise in finance, agriculture and risk and we look forward to welcoming him to our board,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Ken Karels. “He brings strong leadership in regulatory compliance as well as a global vision.”
Israel received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and his MBA from the University of Iowa. He serves as a member of the Tippe College Advisory Board at the University of Iowa, and is a Trustee at Central College in Pella, IA. Israel will serve on the Audit and Risk Committees of Great Western Bancorp, Inc.