Recruiting for a Diverse Workforce

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Scenario Planning Panel Discussion

Applying Scenario Planning to create robust, adaptive, resilient and transformative talent strategies.

Traditional 5-year plans and one-size-fits-all practices full of numbers and “connect-the-dots” exercises offer little to no help in the face of exponential and accelerating complexity. We have moved far beyond the planning philosophies of the past 50 years, needing new ways to measure, imagine, and move ahead that work within our new world of fast-paced change. Scenarios are an incredibly powerful tool due to their ability to immerse an organization into future probabilities, possibilities, and aspirational outcomes. These stories allow us to assess the validity, robustness and future-readiness of our current strategies, while also uncovering new ideas, products, and models that we may have otherwise missed.


Executive Vice President
and Chief Diversity Executive

Union Bank
George A. Ramirez is Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Executive, whose mission is to broaden the diversity of the company’s senior management and executive ranks.  Mr. Ramirez, who was named to the newly created position in March 2012, reports to Union Bank President and Chief Executive Officer Masashi Oka.

In addition to working with executive leadership and members of the UnionBanCal Corporation Board of Directors – one of the most diverse corporate boards of any major U.S. company – Mr. Ramirez collaborates closely with key areas such as Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Diversity & Inclusion, and Training & Development.

Mr. Ramirez, who joined Union Bank in 1986 as a Financial Services Officer, has more than 30 years of banking experience and has served in various executive, line management and staff roles.  In 2010, he was named Integration Executive and led the successful integrations of the former Tamalpais Bank and former Frontier Bank into Union Bank.  Before leading the integration of these two institutions, Ramirez led Union Bank’s Priority Banking® program, which provides specialized services to affluent consumers and entrepreneurs across more than 100 Priority Banking Offices throughout California, Washington and Oregon.

Mr. Ramirez was Senior Vice President and Market President from 2000 through 2008.  He led a division of more than 120 branches in Orange, Los Angeles, and Ventura counties, overseeing 1,400 employees. He was responsible for all aspects of retail branch operations for consumer, high net-worth and small business customers, which included accountability for profitability, business development, sales, operations, risk management, employee development, and corporate social responsibility.

Mr. Ramirez was also responsible for developing and managing the bank’s Diverse Markets Administration in 1997. In that assignment he created and directed the bank’s first multicultural markets group, focusing on advertising, marketing, and business development for the Hispanic, African-American, Women, and Asian markets in California, Oregon, and Washington.

Mr. Ramirez has an extraordinary record of community service and has served on numerous boards for civic and charitable organizations, and speaks at banking, leadership, and diversity conferences.  Currently, Mr. Ramirez serves on the boards of the White Memorial Medical Center Foundation and Governing Board, the San Diego Zoo Global Foundation, the San Diego Museum of Man, and the UCSD Student Run Free Clinics.  In addition, he is a member of the Union Bank Foundation Board, and was recently named to Hispanic Business Magazine’s “100 Most Influential Hispanics” list.

Mr. Ramirez attended Grossmont College and San Diego State University.  He is a graduate of LEAD San Diego, as well as Pacific Coast Executive Banking School at the University of Washington, and the Executive Development Program in Strategy & Organization at Stanford University. He and his wife, Julie, have two children.