Roger Pillsbury and Three Senior Commercial Banking Executives Join the PrivateBank – Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ — Four former LaSalle Bank N.A. Milwaukee-based central-region banking executives have joined The PrivateBank – Wisconsin, a unit of PrivateBancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:PVTB) , it was announced today.

Named managing directors were Roger Pillsbury, who was senior vice president and region head of LaSalle Bank’s central region headquartered in Milwaukee; James A. Meyer, who was senior vice president and head of LaSalle’s commercial banking division for Wisconsin; and, Randy D. Olver, who was senior vice president and division head for LaSalle’s regional corporate banking division in Milwaukee. Named associate managing director was Jeff Janza, who was a first vice president in LaSalle Bank’s Milwaukee commercial banking division.

“The addition of Roger, Jim, Randy and Jeff gives us immediate, substantial depth to pursue our growth strategies in the middle market business segment. Their knowledge base and skill set will complement our team of highly experienced relationship managers and greatly benefit our clients,” said Jay Williams, chairman and chief executive officer, The PrivateBank – Wisconsin.

“We are all delighted to be joining a great organization whose philosophy of and dedication to serving clients aligns with our vision. We have an established network of relationships throughout Wisconsin and the region, especially in PrivateBank’s target market of entrepreneurial public and privately-held companies, professionals and real estate investors. We are looking forward to working with our PrivateBank colleagues to profitably grow our middle-market commercial banking business,” said Roger Pillsbury, managing director, The PrivateBank – Wisconsin.

Pillsbury joined LaSalle Bank in May 1995 to establish a new Wisconsin commercial banking division. As senior vice president and region head of LaSalle’s central region, he directed a team of experienced lenders and was responsible for developing new commercial banking relationships with middle market companies throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota and Texas. Previously, he was executive vice president and senior lending officer of Associated Bank- Milwaukee. He had joined Associated Bank-Lakeshore in Manitowoc, WI in 1987. He began his banking career with American National Bank of Chicago in 1981, where he rose to commercial lending division head. Pillsbury earned his bachelor’s degree from Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, graduating magna cum laude and his MBA from the University of Iowa. He is a member of the Knox College Business Advisory Board, the Living Hope Orphanage Advisory Board and has served as a judge for several years for Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year program. Pillsbury is currently a judge for Deloitte & Touche’s Wisconsin 75 program. He is a resident of Milwaukee.

Meyer has over 25 years of corporate banking experience, most recently with LaSalle Bank, Milwaukee, as division head for the state of Wisconsin. Serving the middle-market segment, he has an extensive background in financing buyouts, recapitalizations, and other structured finance opportunities. Prior to LaSalle, Meyer had corporate banking experience with Firstar Bank and Bank One in Milwaukee as well as Star Bank, Cincinnati. He earned a BBA degree from University of Wisconsin – Madison and an MBA from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Meyer serves as a board member of the Milwaukee Chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and is also active in Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), the Milwaukee M&A Forum, and Vistage – TEC (The Executive Committee). He resides in Mequon, with his wife and two sons.

Olver has over 25 years of commercial relationship banking experience and most recently managed the regional corporate banking division of LaSalle Bank’s Wisconsin office. Previously he had a 17 year career at U.S. Bank, N.A., Milwaukee serving in a variety of commercial banking responsibilities culminating as senior vice president and division head of national corporate banking. Olver received his BBA in finance and management from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and his MBA from DePaul University, Chicago. He and his family reside in Whitefish Bay, WI.

Janza has over 15 years of commercial banking experience, most recently with LaSalle Bank where he had been a first vice president in their Milwaukee office providing commercial banking service to middle-market and large corporate companies across Wisconsin. A native of West Allis, Janza earned his economics degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Prior to joining LaSalle, he had been vice president in U.S. Bank’s Milwaukee corporate banking division. Active in civic and charitable affairs, Janza currently serves as the chairman of the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army of Greater Milwaukee and is an active member of the CFA Society of Milwaukee. He resides in Cedarburg with his wife and three daughters.

About PrivateBancorp, Inc.

The PrivateBank – Wisconsin, a unit of PrivateBancorp, Inc., provides distinctive, highly personalized, premium financial services to a growing array of successful entrepreneurial small to middle market public and privately held businesses, affluent individuals, wealthy families, professionals, entrepreneurs and real estate investors. The PrivateBank uses a European tradition of “private banking” as a model to develop lifetime relationships with its clients. Through a team of highly qualified managing directors, The PrivateBank delivers a sophisticated suite of tailored credit, treasury and wealth management solutions to meet its client’s personal and commercial financial needs. PrivateBancorp, which had assets of $4.5 billion as of September 30, 2007, has 18 offices located in the Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, St. Louis, and Kansas City metropolitan areas.

The PrivateBank – Wisconsin is located in the heart of Milwaukee’s business district at 743 North Water Street.

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