George Leis took the reins as the new president and Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Capital Bancorp on 4/2. Headquartered on Carrillo Street, Pacific Capital Bancorp is a bank holding company that manages $7.5 billion in assets, according to Debbie Whitely, the company’s director of investor relations. Bancorp is the parent company of Pacific Capital Bank and its various bank brands, including Santa Barbara Bank and Trust SBB&T, which itself has 35 branches in Santa Barbara and Ventura. Leis replaced William “Tom” Thomas, 63, who joined SBB&T in 1994 and will continue to work with Bancorp in a public relations capacity.
Leis, 47, has 23 years experience serving high net worth clients, according to the company. He served as Pacific Capital Bancorp’s executive vice president for the past year, overseeing its wealth management business and information technology group. Previously he served as managing director for investments at Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Mangement, and as director of Wells Fargo’s Private Client Service Centers. Leis announced that he is excited by opportunities to continue growing the Pacific Capital franchise, and that senior management intends to better serve middle-market businesses with new financial products and services.