Executive Vice President
Bita Ardalan is an executive vice president at Union Bank, N.A., where she heads the Commercial Banking Group for the Western Markets, which include California, Oregon and Washington. She is responsible for the sales & marketing and credit management of the bank’s commercial lending activities. The group provides financial expertise to commercial clients including but not limited to: debt financing, depository and cash management, global trade, foreign currency exposure, interest rate and commodity management, syndications, private placements, high grade & high yield financing, securitizations, structured finance, leasing, mezzanine financing, ratings advisory, and private banking services across a broad range of industries.
Prior to her current role, Ms. Ardalan founded and oversaw the bank’s National Specialized Lending Group, including commercial finance, environmental services, non-profits, healthcare, aerospace and defense, public finance, and funds finance which supports the needs of sponsored investment funds, including bridge capital and subscription facilities.
Ms. Ardalan earned her Bachelors of Science degree in business management from Williams College. She has completed numerous Executive Education Programs in corporate finance, leadership, strategic planning and finance at the Kellogg School for Management at Northwestern University. Ms. Ardalan is a frequent speaker and author on senior financing related topics. She currently serves on the Iranian-American Women’s advisory board, on ACG L.A’s M&A Conference Committee, and as an Ambassador for the Looking Beyond Foundation. Ms. Ardalan is also a member of the World President’s Organization (WPO) Santa Monica Chapter, the Jonathan Town & Beach Club, and is involved with Junior Achievement.