Magazine article American Banker

The Women to Watch: No. 6, MUFG Union's Bita Ardalan

Magazine article American Banker

The Women to Watch: No. 6, MUFG Union's Bita Ardalan

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Byline: Alan Kline

Head of Commercial Banking, MUFG Union Bank

Chemistry is important to Bita Ardalan, who has been managing teams for the bulk of her 31-year career at MUFG Union Bank.

She acknowledges that, earlier in her career, she was at times too focused on her own performance to think about how her teams jelled or how her staff perceived her. Ardalan said that if she knew then what she knows now about how to build more cohesive teams, she might have delivered better results and, importantly, found more job satisfaction.

"While individual contributions are critical, it is also vital to build supportive relationships that will shape us, challenge our thinking, sustain us through tough patches and ultimately help us achieve our organization's goals," she said. "I encourage all those who are just starting their careers to think deeply about these issues as they will improve your balance and help you gain a deeper understanding of your work environment. And, hopefully, enjoy it more."

Whatever faults she felt she had in those early years, Ardalan has clearly overcome them. She has been promoted four times over the past five years, most recently in 2015 when she was named head of commercial banking for the San Francisco-based MUFG Union, a newly created post in which she oversees all business lending as well as ancillary business lines, such as treasury management, foreign exchange, trade finance and wealth management. …

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