Bita Ardalan

Managing Director, Head of Commercial Banking, Union Bank

Bita Ardalan is managing director and head of the Commercial Banking Group at Union Bank. Prior to her current role, Ardalan served as the head of Middle Market Banking. Previously, she founded and oversaw the bank’s National Specialized Lending Group, including commercial finance, environmental services, nonprofits, health care, aerospace and defense, public finance, and funds finance. She serves on the Iranian-American Women’s advisory board, as an Ambassador for the Looking Beyond Foundation, and as a board member for Town Hall, Los Angeles. She is a member of the YPO Santa Monica Bay Chapter.

Enjoy most: The fast pace and the day-to-day challenges in the rapidly changing financial services industry.

Toughest challenge: The unexpected passing of my younger brother when he was only 39; staying ahead of client needs in a rapidly evolving market.

Proudest moment: Becoming a mom; the Commercial Banking and Specialized Lending teams I’ve managed over the years have typically been at the top of Union Bank’s leader boards for consecutive years.

Best advice: Take the time to view your manager and your peers in a balanced and holistic manner.

Fun fact: I was a cheerleader in middle school, and I almost became a TV news broadcaster.

Alma Mater: BS, Williams College.

Beverage: Lattes, and only occasionally great wine.

Bucket list: Travel the world.

Hobby/passion: Social activities, water & snow skiing, reading, and travel. I enjoy reading.