Kristen P. Freund is the Group SVP - Commercial Banking at The Private Bank and Trust Company.
Kristen is past Group Senior Vice President and Head of Sales for Treasury Management and Global Trade Advisory products and services in North America for LaSalle Bank, a member of the ABN AMRO Group. Kristen came to Chicago in 1990 to join Exchange National Bank which was acquired by LaSalle Bank in that same year.
Prior to her recent appointment, Kristen worked for the past 5 years in concert with the President of Commercial Banking to grow the Commercial segment. In this role her responsibilities included strategic planning and implementation, business integration, leveraging the global network increasing cross sales, loan underwriting, marketing, identifying profit opportunities and efficiencies, budgeting, coordinating networking opportunities, portfolio analysis, market coverage analysis / optimization, designing training and incentive programs, developing formal and informal means of communication, application development and personnel matters. During her tenure at LaSalle, Kristen also has also sewed as a Relationship Manager and a Corporate Trainer.
She was an exemplary leader within LaSalle and received the ABN AMRO “Horizon Award” for knowledge sharing in 2002, 2003 and 2005. In October, Kristen will be Listed on Crain’s Chicago 2006 Business ’“40 Under 40” list.
Kristen earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, in 1990 and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management in 1999. She is currently enrolled in Kellogg’s Executive Women’s Leadership Development program.
Originally from Michigan, Kristen resides in Glen Ellyn, IL with her husband, Mark and their children, Erika and Ryan. She is on The Chicago Area Board for Junior Achievement, the steering committee for the 2006 Heartwalk for the American Heart Association, as well as an active member of St. Petronille Catholic Parish and a volunteer at Pilgrim preschool and Forest Glen Elementary. Kristen is also a member the University Club of Chicago and the Association for Financial Professionals.