Bank of the West of San Francisco has hired John Bahnken as its head of wealth management.

Bahnken was the president of the global wealth and investment management products group at Bank of America. Before that he was the chief operating officer of Banc of America Investment Services. He worked for B of A for 17 years. Earlier he was the president of Fleet Securities.

Bank of the West is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas and has $57.6 billion of assets.