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Kathleen Brown and Maura Markus to join Stifel's board

Staff writer | St. Louis, Miss., USA | April 21, 2016
StifelApril 21, 2016, St. Louis, Miss., USA - Stifel Financial Corp., a financial services holding company, announced that Kathleen Brown and Maura A. Markus will join the board effective as of the firm’s 2016 annual meeting.
Ms. Brown is a Partner in the Government and Regulatory Affairs Group at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. Ms. Brown’s practice focuses on business counseling, particularly as they relate to the healthcare, energy, infrastructure and financial services sectors.

Ms. Brown brings to her practice a background that includes 18 years as a senior executive in the banking and financial services industry, including more than 12 years at Goldman Sachs, where she served chairman of Midwest Investment Banking and, prior to that, as managing director and head of the firm’s Western Region Public-Sector and Infrastructure Group.

Ms. Brown also held various senior positions with Bank of America, including president of the private bank. She has 16 years of public-sector experience, including a term as California’s state treasurer, where she managed a bond portfolio and served as a trustee on the boards of CALPERS and CALSTRS, two of the largest pension funds in the nation.

Ms. Brown earned a BA in History from Stanford University and a JD from Fordham University School of Law.

She currently serves on the board of Sempra Energy and is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on International Policy.

Ms. Markus has more than 25 years of experience leading operations, sales, and marketing initiatives in the U.S. and Europe, helping build both Bank of the West and Citibank in senior executive and board roles. From 2010 to 2014, Ms. Markus served as President, Chief Operating Officer, and as a board Director at Bank of the West.

Prior to joining Bank of the West, Ms. Markus was a 22-year veteran of Citigroup, where she served as Executive Vice President, Head of International Retail Banking in Citi’s Global Consumer Group from 2007 to 2009.

She held a number of additional domestic and international management positions including President, Citibank North America, from 2000 - 2007, as well as Citi's European Sales and Marketing Director based in Brussels, Belgium, and as President of Citi's consumer business in Athens, Greece. She has been named multiple times as one of American Banker’s Most Powerful Women in Banking.

She graduated summa cum laude from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

She is a current member of Women Corporate Directors San Francisco and International Women’s Forum Northern California and a former member of the Financial Services Roundtable. She currently serves on the board of Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.

The two new independent directors will replace current independent directors Charles A. Dill and Alton F. Irby III, who have chosen to retire effective as of the annual meeting in accordance with Stifel’s retirement age policies.