Associated Banc-Corp continues to grow its Chicago team

Associated Banc-Corp continues to grow its Chicago team

CHICAGO - September 19, 2011 - Associated Banc-Corp continues to penetrate the Chicago-area market with the hiring or promotion of seven senior leaders.

Daniel Gresla has joined Associated Bank as senior vice president managing director and head of loan syndications in Chicago. Prior to joining Associated Gresla spent five years as a managing director with Credit Suisse in Chicago serving on the bank loan sales desk in leveraged finance, and then as a portfolio manager in Credit Suisse Asset Management working in the Candlewood Corporate Credit Value Fund. He has also worked at Harris Bank/Bank of Montreal, including 5 years as the head of middle market loan syndications at Harris Nesbitt. Gresla earned his BBA from the University of Michigan and his MBA from the University of Chicago.

Oscar Johnson, Jr. was recently named senior vice president, team leader of Commercial Banking for Associated's south region. He is responsible for managing a team of commercial bankers which includes the business development and relationship management of the team and the bank's client base, as well as the overall portfolio management and administration of the region's loan portfolio. Associated's Commercial Banking division offers commercial clients treasury management, capital markets, retail banking, international products, wealth management and retirement plan services. Johnson earned his BBA from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and his MBA from the Marquette University, and brings with him 18 years of banking experience. Most recently he worked at the Private Bank from 2008-2011 where he served as a manager director, and prior to that he spent ten years at LaSalle Bank. He is based in Associated's offices at 190 S. LaSalle St., Chicago.

Ellyn Jansen has been hired as senior vice president, director of sales for Associated Investment Services She is responsible for the team's overall success in helping clients meet their immediate and long term investment goals by providing customized financial solutions through Associated Investment Services. She has 20 years of experience and is based at 301 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora. Previously she was senior vice president, regional director, global wealth and investment management for Bank of America.  Jansen earned her MBA from the University of Chicago.  

Brad Amundsen joins the company as vice president, relationship manager for commercial real estate where he works on commercial real estate loan originations. He previously was a managing director with The Private Bank and has eight years of experience. He works out of Associated's offices at 200 E. Randolph in Chicago.

Ian Barr joins Associated Wealth Management as vice president, private banker, focusing on providing comprehensive wealth management solutions to professional services individuals and their practices. Prior to joining Associated he oversaw high net worth client relationships at JPMorgan Private Bank in Chicago's North Shore communities. He has nearly 15 years of experience providing sophisticated investment, capital needs and estate planning advice to wealthy individuals and their families. Barr is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and is based in Associated's Chicago Wealth Management office at 200 E. Randolph.

Sally Griffin has been hired as vice president, trust officer. She is responsible for trust administration, personal trust business development and probate attorney referral networks.  She brings 27 years of experience to the position and works out of Associated's offices at 130 E. Randolph in Chicago.

Kevin O'Neill was recently promoted to vice president, underwriting review officer where he ensures appropriate credit underwriting, reliable risk assessment and credit loss minimization for the bank. He also works to ensure the portfolio administration and risk management of each client relationship is in compliance with established Associated credit policy, procedure and business strategy. O'Neill's office is located at 200 E. Randolph.

Associated Banc-Corp (NASDAQ: ASBC) has total assets of $22 billion and is one of the top 50 financial services holding companies operating in the United States. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Associated has approximately 270 banking locations serving more than 150 communities throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota. The company offers a full range of banking services and other financial products and services. More information about Associated Banc-Corp is available at