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Joan Parsons

Executive Vice President, Corporate Banking - SVB US

Professional Summary

Joan Parsons, one of American Banker’s 25 Women to Watch in 2016, has devoted her career to the success of some of the world’s most innovative companies while in a variety of leadership positions at Silicon Valley Bank. Simultaneously, she has been instrumental in developing the talent and culture of SVB over more than 20 years.

Today, as Executive Vice President, Joan is applying her financial expertise and leadership experience to SVB’s UK team to support its fast growth in EMEA. She manages credit risk for the region and is a member of the UK Executive Committee. Joan is also critical to SVB’s efforts in support of the community and the innovation economy through its philanthropic programs and she serves as an advisor to SVB’s inclusion and diversity initiatives.

Joan has more than 30 years of banking experience and has served Silicon Valley Bank in a variety of leadership positions since joining the company in 1994, including managing the Eastern Division, leading US Banking, and overseeing Specialty Debt, Mezzanine Finance, Sponsor Finance, Life Science and Energy and Resource Banking, SVB Analytics, among other SVB businesses. Joan envisioned and founded SVB’s Associate Development Program, which is the most sought-after lending training program for bankers to the innovation economy.

Before joining Silicon Valley Bank, Joan served in a variety of corporate banking roles for Fleet Bank of Massachusetts, Barclays Bank PLC and Mellon Bank.

Joan graduated cum laude from Wheaton College with a double major in Economics and Art History. She is married with two children and splits her time between Boston and London. She has served on the boards of Startup Institute in Boston, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Silicon Valley and Monterey Bay Area Chapter and the Association of Corporate Growth Boston Chapter. She remains active with the Noble and Greenough School on Development and Capital Campaign committees.