Joan Parsons 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 25 years.
Across SVB's business in EMEA, Joan has been supporting robust growth, strategic initiatives and credit risk oversight by applying her financial expertise and leadership experience. Today our Germany branch can build upon her expertise and experience too. As General Manager Credit, Risk and Compliance of SVB Germany Branch, Joan drives business growth and adds value and insights to Germany's innovation economy.
She continues to manage credit risk across EMEA and remains a member of the UK Executive Committee. She is also critical to SVB’s effort 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 and Board member of SVB Foundation.
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 Sciences, Energy and Resource Banking, and 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 MA, 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 among London, Frankfurt and Boston. She has served on the boards of Startup Institute in Boston, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Bay Area Chapter and the Association of Corporate Growth Boston Chapter. She remains active as a Board member of the YMCA of Greater Boston.