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For Immediate Release
May 2, 2017
BAFT Media Contact: Blair Bernstein
(202) 663-5468
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BAFT Elects PNC’s Burdette to Lead Board of Directors


​WASHINGTON — BAFT, the leading global financial services association for international transaction banking, announced that Kimberly Burdette of PNC will serve as the chair of its board of directors for the 2017-2018 association year. Burdette and other board officers were elected at BAFT’s Global Annual Meeting in Miami. 
Burdette is the senior vice president and manager of international financial institutions at PNC and a long serving member of the BAFT board. She has worked for PNC Bank and its predecessor, Pittsburgh National Bank, for 30 years.  Burdette is currently EVP of PNC’s edge act subsidiary, PNC Bank International.
"I am honored to serve as chair for BAFT as the association continues to grow and diversify its membership,” said Burdette. “I look forward to continuing the work of the organization to further BAFT's advocacy efforts in the global transaction banking industry.”
Burdette replaces outgoing chair, John Ahearn, global head of trade at Citi.
Newly elected board officers include:
  • Vice Chair: David Scola, Barclays
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Mark Garfield, Zions Bancorp
Other directors include:
  • Vivek Gupta, ANZ;
  • Tod Burwell, BAFT;
  • Stephanie Wolf, Bank of America Merrill Lynch;
  • Maurice Iskandar, Banque Libano-Francaise;
  • Esther Galiana, BBVA;
  • Filip Papich, BMO;
  • Alain Verschueren, BNP Paribas;
  • John Ahearn, Citi;
  • Ulf-Peter Noetzel, Deutsche Bank;
  • Gail Angel, FIS Global;
  • Amy Sahm, Fulton Bank;
  • Patricia Gomes, HSBC;
  • Raffaele Martino, Intesa Sanpaolo;
  • Michael Quinn, J.P. Morgan;
  • Vincent Raniere, Lombard Risk;
  • Vineet Varma, National Bank of Abu Dhabi;
  • James Peterson, Northern Trust;
  • Eszter Wijkman, SEB;
  • Peter Zotos, Standard Chartered Bank;
  • Claudia Colic, UBS; and
  • Craig Weeks, US Bank.
About BAFT
BAFT, the leading global financial services association for international transaction banking, helps bridge solutions across financial institutions, service providers and the regulatory community that promote sound financial practices enabling innovation, efficiency, and commercial growth. BAFT engages on a wide range of topics affecting transaction banking, including trade finance, payments, and compliance. The association website is