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Bank of Montreal embraces Cisco TelePresence

Canada's own Bank of Montreal (BMO), one of the largest banks in North America, and its subsidiary, Harris Bank in Chicago, discuss how Cisco TelePresence has become an integral part of transforming their business, enabling and encouraging the drive for faster, cheaper, wider, greener, and more effective collaboration across their global institution.

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Bill Downe, President and CEO, BMO Financial Group

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William Downe, President and Chief Executive Officer
William Downe is President and Chief Executive Officer of BMO Financial Group. He was appointed CEO on March 1, 2007.
Mr. Downe joined Bank of Montreal in 1983 and held a variety of senior management positions in Canada and the U.S. In 1999, he was appointed Vice-Chair, Bank of Montreal and, in 2001, he was named Deputy Chair of BMO Financial Group and Chief Executive Officer, BMO Nesbitt Burns. In 2006, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer of BMO Financial Group.
Mr. Downe is a director of ManpowerGroup and a member of their board’s Human Resources Committee. He is also on the Board of Trustees of the Rush University Medical Center and a member of their board’s Compensation and Human Resources Committee. Mr. Downe is a director of Catalyst and a member of Catalyst’s Canadian Board of Advisors. Additionally, Mr. Downe is on the board of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE). He is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and Past President of the Federal Reserve Board’s Federal Advisory Council.
Mr. Downe is the only Canadian member of the International Business Leaders Advisory Council of the Mayor of Beijing (IBLAC), and he is a member of the International Advisory Council of Guanghua School of Management at Peking University.
In the community, Mr. Downe sits on the board of Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation, and he is a member of the Campaign Executive for The Campaign for the University of Toronto. He served as Chairman of the 2009 Campaign Cabinet for United Way of Greater Toronto, and he is also past Chair of the Board of Directors of St. Michael’s Hospital.
Mr. Downe holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Toronto. In 2003, he received the Rotman Distinguished Business Alumni Award from the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management.
Thomas E. Flynn, Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer
Tom Flynn is Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, BMO Financial Group. He was appointed to his current position in March 2011.
Mr. Flynn joined BMO Financial Group in 1992 and went on to serve in a number of roles within the BMO Capital Markets business, including Head of the Financial Services Corporate and Investment Banking Group. He was named Executive Vice-President, Finance and Treasurer in 2004 and acting Chief Financial Officer from October 2007 to March 2008. Mr. Flynn served as Executive Vice-President and Chief Risk Officer from March 2008 to March 2011.
Mr. Flynn is Chair of the Board of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation teaching hospital.
Mr. Flynn obtained his MBA from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario (with honours) and has his CA designation.
Surjit Rajpal, Executive Vice-President and Chief Risk Officer
Surjit Rajpal is Executive Vice-President and Chief Risk Officer, BMO Financial Group. Mr. Rajpal was appointed to his current position in March 2011. From January to March 2011, he served as Deputy Head, Enterprise Risk and Portfolio Management.
Mr. Rajpal joined BMO Financial Group in 1982 and has since held a number of positions in Capital Markets, Relationship Management, Corporate Finance, Merchant Banking, Treasury, Credit Risk Management and Project Finance. In 1995, as Senior Vice President of Global Distribution in Chicago, he set up an integrated platform for BMO and Harris for Loan Syndication, Sales and Trading. Mr. Rajpal was also responsible for establishing the distressed trading and emerging market trading desks during his time in the United States.
In 2006, he was appointed Executive Managing Director and Global Head of Loan Products and Merchant Banking and was responsible for all aspects of the loan product business including origination, structuring, syndications, sales, trading and portfolio management. As Global Head of Loan Products, Mr. Rajpal had direct responsibility for Capital Markets risk from a first-line-of-defence perspective. He was also responsible for all merchant banking activities including third-party investments and a mezzanine/equity fund.
The early part of Mr. Rajpal’s career was spent in India and Hong Kong at Bank of America where he joined the World Banking Division directly from business school.
Mr. Rajpal obtained his MBA at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and his B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering from Osmania University.

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