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Larry Cretan Appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer

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WALNUT CREEK, CA, June 18, 2014 — Larry Cretan, has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer at Mechanics Bank..

Mr. Cretan brings over 30 years experience as an executive in credit and lending. Prior to joining Mechanics Bank, Larry worked for Pacific Capital Bank and has been a consultant for financial institutions and nonprofits. Previously in his career, Mr. Cretan held senior positions in credit administration and management for 7 years at Greater Bay Bank as well as during his 17 year tenure with Wells Fargo Bank. Larry will manage Credit Administration, Loan Center Operations and the Special Assets Group for the Bank.

“Larry brings a depth of lending knowledge unmatched by most in the industry,” says Christa Steele, President and Chief Executive Officer at Mechanics Bank. “He is a process and efficiency task master and a great mentor to staff.”

Mr. Cretan received his B.A. from Stanford University, and a Masters of Arts and MBA at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a resident of Woodside and dedicates his free time to many non-profit organizations and boards throughout the greater Bay Area.

About Mechanics Bank

For more than a century, Mechanics Bank has been committed to helping people build prosperous communities as a trusted financial partner, forging lasting relationships through teamwork, respect and integrity. The $3 billion independent bank, based in Northern California, offers personal banking, business banking, trust, brokerage and wealth management services. For more information, please visit


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