Thanks to Mary Navarro, Huntington has been the smallest bank to make American Banker’s list of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking for two years in a row. Navarro was ranked No. 8 banking and financial services trade publication’s 2013 list, up from the No. 14 spot in 2012.
“There are a lot of senior women in banking that are very accomplished, so to be No. 8 on the list is really a big honor for our bank and for me,” says Navarro, Huntington senior executive vice president and director of retail and business banking. Navarro oversees all Huntington branches, ATMs, digital and online banking products.
American Banker lauds Navarro as the “architect” of Huntington’s expansion at a time when other banks are closing branches. Navarro has put Huntington into grocery stores, building 121 in-store branches over the past three years. She says it’s all part of a “convenience” strategy Huntington developed in 2009. “Instead of having the customers come to us, we’re trying to go to them.” Navarro says.