President & CEO

Community & Regional Banks

Boston, MA


Due to the upcoming retirement of its long-time President & CEO Daniel Forte, Massachusetts Bankers Association (MBA) has retained Smith & Wilkinson (S&W) to manage the search and selection process for its next leader.  As a result of the number of banks in Massachusetts, the diversity of charter types, and the success of the Association over the past decades, the MBA is one of the premier banking associations in the country and is the largest financial services trade association in New England.  The non-profit’s mission is to advocate for and represent its member institutions and those of the Massachusetts and New England banking industry overall.  The Association today has approximately 145 bank members in New England (100+ in Massachusetts), as well as over 100 Associate members, comprised primarily of financially-related service firms and solution providers.  The MBA is in strong financial condition, employs a tenured and accomplished team, and has a stellar reputation amongst its key constituents.  In addition to advocacy at the state and national levels and educational programs, the Association also manages subsidiary and affiliated organizations providing insurance, trust and investment, economic development, and charitable services.  The next President & CEO of the MBA will be responsible for the ongoing and continued success of this important organization.  S&W will be conducting its search and facilitating the selection process in the winter and early spring of 2020.  We are seeking proven leaders who demonstrate the competencies required to successfully lead the Association and work collaboratively with member banks, the Board of Directors, the MBA team, state and federal law makers and regulators, media outlets, and other key constituents.  Expertise in the banking industry is preferred, but not required.  For additional information about this significant and highly-visible leadership role, please contact: Cameron Boyd, Partner & Practice Director, Financial Services ( or Carll Wilkinson, Managing Partner (

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