Michael Shepherd is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bank of the West and of BancWest Corporation, the parent company of Bank of the West and First Hawaiian Bank. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of BNP Paribas Retail Banking.
Shepherd joined the bank in 2004 as Executive Vice President and General Counsel and subsequently assumed additional responsibilities as Chief Risk Officer, Chief Administrative Officer, and President.
Before joining Bank of the West, Shepherd served as General Counsel of The Bank of New York Company, Inc. and of Shawmut National Corporation. Shepherd also served in government as Senior Deputy Comptroller of the Currency, Associate Counsel to the President of the United States and Deputy Assistant Attorney General.
In addition to serving as Chairman of Bank of the West and BancWest Corporation, Shepherd is a director of First Hawaiian Bank, Pacific Mutual Holding Company, Pacific Life Insurance Company and Promontory Interfinancial Network and is a member of the Advisory Board of FTV Capital. He is active in community affairs, including current service as Director of the Presidio Trust, Member of the FDIC Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion, Director of Operation HOPE, Member of the Executive Committee of the Bay Area Council, Chapter Member of the Washington National Cathedral and Director of the Financial Services Roundtable. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Shepherd is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Michigan Law School.