John V. Rindlaub, Former Executive Vice President/Regional President, Wells Fargo International Group, “Leveling the Playing Field on Trade With Asia, Including China”
John Rindlaub served as an executive vice president and Asia Pacific Regional President for the Wells Fargo International Group until July 2016, when he returned to the Pacific Northwest. Based in Hong Kong for five years, his responsibilities included ensuring enterprise-wide consistency and effectiveness of the bank’s governance framework and Asian platform, and John represented the interests of the company to bank regulators, central banks, financial institutions, Asian multi‑nationals, and U.S. companies with activities in Asia. Previously, John served as CEO for Wells Fargo’s Commercial Banking activities in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Western Canada. He joined Wells Fargo in the Pacific Northwest Commercial Banking role in 2002.
John retired from Bank of America at year‑end 2001, after serving in senior positions with the company’s Commercial Bank division. As president of Bank of America Northwest, he oversaw all activities in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. In 1997, he was given responsibility for Worldwide Technology Strategy for Bank of America’s retail and commercial activities. As group head of Bank of America’s Asia Division, headquartered in Hong Kong, he managed the bank’s retail and wholesale business in Asia from 1989‑1993.
John moved to Seattle in 1993 to assume the position of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Seafirst Bank, a Bank of America subsidiary. He began his banking career with Bankers Trust in 1969 and had division‑level responsibilities in New York and Tokyo, as well as serving as managing director of the bank’s M&A Financial Institutions team through 1989.
John has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, and he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy (1966‑1969), retiring as a lieutenant, after assignments on the East Coast and Vietnam. He continues to serve as a Director, Vice Chair and Treasurer of the National Bureau of Asian Research, and he is a past chair of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, the Washington Roundtable, and the Children’s Hospital Foundation. John has also served on the University of Washington, Washington State University, and Seattle University Business School Advisory Boards. He is a past director of the 12th District Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. In addition, he has also served in the past as a director of Atigeo LLC, Saltchuk Resources, Inc., and the Alaska Air Group, Inc.