March 21, 2022 – Financial services organizations, generally, are facing a new competitive landscape, regulatory challenges, and a constant struggle to manage cost and efficiency. This requires strategic leaders with a multidimensional skillset. Like all financial institutions, banks continue to turn to executive recruitment firms to find new leaders. Drew Railton and Les Gombik of Toronto-based Caldwell recently placed Eric Dillon as president of General Bank of Canada (GBC). Outgoing president, Gord Mooney, recently announced his retirement. “Eric Dillon is the right leader at the right time for General Bank of Canada – continuing to build a bank that will stand for generations,” the organization said in a statement. “Eric will fully assume the role in April. Please joins us in welcoming Eric Dillon to GBC, and congratulating Gord Mooney as he retires and enters the next phase of his journey.”
Mr. Dillon joins GBC after a near 11-year stint as CEO of Conexus Credit Union in Regina, where he guided the organization through a multitude of change, receiving numerous awards for leadership and innovation along the way. General Bank of Canada is a Schedule 1 Chartered bank headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta. Its mission is to help its customers achieve their goals by offering innovative and competitively priced loan and deposit products and “the best service levels in the business.” General Bank of Canada was established in 2005.
Caldwell’s global financial services practice serves clients in the areas of investment banking and capital markets, asset and wealth management, alternative investments, insurance, consumer financial services, and real estate, as well as all shared services and functional capabilities across the financial services sector.
Experienced Recruiting Team
Mr. Railton is a managing partner in Western Canada. Drawing on more than 18 years of experience placing senior executives and board directors, he provides expertise in board, CEO, and senior executive recruitment. Mr. Railton has experience as a director, serving on both volunteer and corporate boards, as well as extensive philanthropic involvement. Prior to joining Caldwell in 2006, Mr. Railton’s career spanned a wide range of industries and functions including roles in operations, sales, human resources, customer service, and general management.
Mr. Gombik is managing partner of Caldwell’s prairie region. With more than 25 years of executive and board search and human resources experience, he has a broad perspective on the most pressing talent issues in executive management today. His particular focus is on board and senior executive positions for commercially oriented, public, private, and private equity-backed enterprises within the industrial, consumer, and financial services sectors.
Mr. Railton and Adam Cotterall of Caldwell recently recruited Dave Baldarelli as chief digital officer and Wendy Murphy as chief technology and operations officer at Concentra Bank. Mr. Baldarelli is a motivational leader with a demonstrated ability to guide an organization through innovation and extensive business transformation. He is passionate about creating value for customers and offering products that drive business results. Mr. Baldarelli has more than 25 years’ experience working for banks, credit unions and fintechs. He is active in the community, serving on two not-for-profit boards. Mr. Baldarelli most recently served as senior vice president and chief digital officer of Meridian Credit Union and chief operating officer of motusbank. Ms. Murphy is tasked with developing synergies among the digitization, automation, and operations of the company.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media