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George S. Leis

George S. LeisGeorge S. Leis, CSUN Class of 1981, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Capital BCSUN Class of 19ancorp, a community bank holding company that operates 50 branches on the Central Coast of California under the highly respected local brand names of Santa Barbara Bank & Trust, First National Bank of Central California, South Valley National Bank, San Benito Bank and First Bank of San Luis Obispo. With over 23 years of financial services experience, Mr. Leis joined Pacific Capital Bancorp in March 2006 as Executive Vice President of Wealth Management and was also named Executive Vice President of Information Technology later that year. He was appointed President and CEO of Pacific Capital Bancorp in April 2007.

Prior to joining Pacific Capital Bancorp, Mr. Leis was the Managing Director, U.S. Head, Products and National Practice Leader for Investments at Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management. He also served as Senior Vice President and Director of Private Client Services Centers at Wells Fargo and as Senior Vice President and Manager for Bank of America Private Bank. Mr. Leis began his banking career with Security Pacific National Bank in Retail and Commercial Banking. 

A graduate of California State University Northridge, he attained a Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning and is a certified trust and financial advisor. Mr. Leis is active in community and civic partnerships, serving the Salvation Army in multiple capacities for many years. He currently serves on numerous Boards including the Business School Advisory Board at California State University Northridge, Graziadio School of Business & Management’s Board of Visitors at Pepperdine University and the Santa Barbara Symphony Board of Directors.  He also serves as a member of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Ambassadors.


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