BMO names Midwest regional presidents

Chris Michalski

Banking giant BMO Harris has named a new set of Midwestern executives. It also created a new role to lead its U.S. retail specialty sales:

  • Chris Michalski, regional president, Minnesota, Kansas, Missouri and Indiana
  • Bernard Narine, regional president, Chicago south region
  • Tony Tintinalli, regional president, Chicago north region
  • Steve Zandpour, head, U.S. retail specialty sales

As regional president of the Midwest region—which includes Minnesota, Kansas, Missouri and Indiana—Michalski will focus on customer experience and mentoring teams to deliver a unified, integrated offering for customers. Michalski is a seasoned industry veteran with over 25 years of experience.

He most recently led U.S. mortgage sales and previously served as regional president for southeast Wisconsin. He joined BMO in 2010 after a decade spent with Wells Fargo, also in the Midwest. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb.

Bernard Narine

Narine will be responsible for overseeing Chicago’s south region for all BMO locations and teams. Previously, Narine served as regional president for Arizona and Florida in addition to overseeing Minnesota, Kansas, Missouri and Indiana on an interim basis.

As an industry veteran with over 25 years of financial services leadership experience, Narine has led teams in large metropolitan markets and has a proven record of delivering results and developing high-performing teams. He joined BMO in 2013 from Citizens Bank, Providence, R.I. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Strayer University, Washington, D.C.

Tintinalli will serve as regional president for Chicago’s north region, helping drive his team’s success with personalized BMO customer interactions. Most recently he served as head of U.S. premier sales, with accountability for driving customer experience and growth for the business.

Tony Tintinalli

Prior to that, Tintinalli served as regional vice president for Toronto Downtown, one of the largest personal banking markets in Canada. He has an MBA from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.

In a newly created role as head of U.S. retail specialty sales, Zandpour will drive sales, service and financial results for U.S. premier sales, business banking and mortgage sales. Zandpour brings over 20 years of banking experience to his role, and most recently served as regional president for Chicago’s north region.

He joined the bank in 2013 after 14 years with Fifth Third Bank, Cincinnati. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, and is a graduate of the CBA executive banking school at Furman University, Greenville, S.C.

“We are delighted to announce this team of strong leaders who will ensure BMO continues to provide exceptional service to our valued customers in these markets,” said Ernie Johannson, group head of U.S. personal and business banking. “I am excited to see the integration and acceleration our new regional leaders will create among their teams to help our customers achieve their unique financial goals across our branch footprint.”