Magazine article American Banker


Magazine article American Banker


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Marathon Man

Al Landon, the chairman and chief executive of Bank of Hawaii Corp., was on the mainland last weekend, but he was not scouting a deal or a new business venture on behalf of the Honolulu company.

Mr. Landon, 58, was working on a different kind of challenge: running the San Francisco Marathon.

An avid marathon runner, he said he first entered the race last year with a goal of posting a faster time than he did in races in the Hawaiian heat.

"I was struggling to get below four hours in Honolulu. I came to San Francisco, and bingo, 3:50," he said before the race.

On Sunday, Mr. Landon took slightly longer to finish the 26.2-mile course: 4:16:43. However, he was in the top third (44th out of 136) among men in the 55-59 age group.

Mr. Landon plans to travel east in November to run in the New York Marathon.

"That's the plan, but the day job pays," he said.

Bon Appetit

BNP Paribas SA has been expanding outside France recently through acquisitions in Italy and the United States.

But Baudouin Prot, the Paris banking company's chief executive, is still talking up its French retail banking operations.

During its second-quarter earnings presentation Wednesday, an analyst asked Mr. Prot to compare his company's U.S. and French retail operations. Mr. Prot acknowledged that the flat yield curve is hurting BNP's San Francisco banking arm, BancWest Corp., but he said he still likes doing business in the United States.

However, he was far more effusive about French banking and cooking. …

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