Western Alliance Bank yesterday announced that Dillan Knudson has been appointed as the organization’s Head of Commercial Banking for Arizona.
“Dillan brings outstanding depth and breadth of experience in the region to this role,” said Ken Vecchione, president and chief executive officer of Western Alliance Bank. “With his proven commitment to serving clients, as well as his expertise in executing strategic growth initiatives, he will help the organization expand the services and solutions we deliver to Arizona’s growing Commercial and Industrial market.”
With over 16 years of banking experience, Knudson most recently served as Regional President and Head of Commercial Banking at PNC Bank in Austin. In that role, he executed the Bank’s local strategic growth initiatives after PNC’s acquisition of BBVA USA in 2021. Knudson returns to Phoenix after holding several leadership positions at BBVA USA throughout the Southwest, including Market CEO for Houston, which housed BBVA USA’s domestic headquarters. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks and completed an Executive Education Program at the University of Texas at Austin.
“I’m thrilled to be back in Phoenix and energized to support Western Alliance Commercial Banking initiatives here in Arizona,” said Knudson. “I’m excited to join Arizona’s largest locally headquartered bank as we look to our next chapter. I look forward to expanding our teams across the state, helping local Arizona companies excel, engaging with community partners, and ultimately supporting economic growth across the region.”
Knudson’s addition to the Arizona team aligns with the planned retirement of Alliance Bank of Arizona Division CEO Don Garner, which is set for year’s end.