Three U.S. Bank leaders among American Banker’s Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance

September 24, 2018 | GET MORE : Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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Leslie Godridge, Gunjan Kedia and Kate Quinn (pictured left to right) to be honored in New York.

Leslie Godridge, vice chairman and co-head of Corporate & Commercial Banking, Gunjan Kedia, vice chairman of Wealth Management and Investment Services and Kate Quinn, vice chairman and chief administrative officer at U.S. Bank, have been honored by American Banker Magazine among the Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance for 2018. This marks the first time in U.S. Bank history that three women have been included on this prestigious list. Honorees will be celebrated at a ceremony hosted by American Banker in New York City in October. 

“Leslie, Gunjan and Kate are dedicated, ethical and community-focused leaders who are helping us drive critical change as we work to create the future of U.S. Bank,” said Andy Cecere, chairman, president and CEO of U.S. Bank. “Each exemplifies our core values every day and leads with integrity and trust. We are honored to celebrate this recognition. On behalf of all our employees, it is my privilege to congratulate and thank these three outstanding leaders.” 

Godridge (ranked No. 17 on the Most Powerful Women in Banking list), joined U.S. Bank in 2007 and co-leads Corporate & Commercial Banking, one of the company’s four primary business lines. She directly oversees corporate banking-specialized industries, global treasury management, international banking and the public sector and financial institutions groups. In 2017, Godridge championed and sponsored U.S. Bank’s role in important industry innovations, including the launch of RTP®, one of the first new core payments infrastructures in the United States in more than 40 years. During Godridge’s tenure and under her leadership, Corporate & Commercial Banking’s rankings and market share have grown dramatically. 

Kedia (ranked No. 16 on the Most Powerful Women in Finance list), joined U.S. Bank in 2016 and leads Wealth Management and Investment Services, another of the company’s four primary business lines. The division is composed of five distinct, but related businesses: wealth management, U.S. Bancorp Asset Management, global fund services, global corporate trust, institutional trust and custody, and trust technology and support services. Since joining the bank, Kedia has integrated product-specific sales teams organized by client segments, which resulted in accelerated sales and drove market share gains. She also reinvigorated innovation in the division’s products by deploying technology, including distributed ledger, artificial intelligence and natural language processing, and she introduced a more comprehensive global strategy to deepen the bank’s European presence. 

Quinn (ranked No. 14 on the Most Powerful Women in Banking list), joined U.S. Bank in 2013 is the company’s chief administrative officer and has been the driving force behind the company’s corporate strategy and brand transformation, including hosting Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium in 2018. She leads all areas that touch talent, brand, strategy and reputation for U.S. Bank, and has helped solidify the bank’s position as one of the most admired and trusted banks in the financial services industry. Quinn’s work has been a guiding force for the bank to be named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute for four consecutive years. 

U.S. Bank has been consistently recognized in the "Most Powerful Women in Banking" since the program’s inception. In 2017, Godridge ranked No. 15 on the Women in Banking list and Quinn was No. 9 on the list of Women to Watch. 

“In an industry that continues to be male-dominated at the senior executive level, it is refreshing to see a company as large as U.S. Bank elevate these three women to the role of vice chairman, put women in charge of two of its four major business lines and ensure that women play such an important role in its corporate strategy," said Executive Editor Bonnie McGeer, who chairs American Banker's Women in Banking Editorial Committee. "Kate Quinn, Leslie Godridge and Gunjan Kedia stand out because of their performance but, just as importantly, they are all holding the door open for other women to advance as well, through their support of internal programs and their sponsorship of individual emerging leaders."

About U.S. Bank

U.S. Bancorp, with 74,000 employees and $461 billion in assets as of June 30, 2018, is the parent company of U.S. Bank, the fifth-largest commercial bank in the United States. The Minneapolis-based bank blends its relationship teams, branches and ATM network with mobile and online tools that allow customers to bank how, when and where they prefer. U.S. Bank is committed to serving its millions of retail, business, wealth management, payment, commercial and corporate, and investment services customers across the country and around the world as a trusted financial partner, a commitment recognized by the Ethisphere Institute naming the bank a 2018 World’s Most Ethical Company. Visit U.S. Bank at or follow on social media to stay up to date with company news.


Rebekah Fawcett, U.S. Bank Public Affairs and Communications