Mechanics Bank Hires Larry Cretan as EVP and CCO

By Marie Browning

Mechanics Bank announced the appointment of bank veteran Larry Cretan as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer. In his new role, he will manage Credit Administration, Loan Center Operations and the Special Assets Group for the Bank. Mr. Cretan has over 30 years of experience as an executive in credit and lending.

Prior to joining Mechanics Bank, Mr. Cretan served as Senior Vice President, Regional Larry-Cretan-Mechanics-BankCredit Administrator at Pacific Capital Bancorp. He also worked in several senior management level positions at Tamalpais Bank, Greater Bay Bank in Palo Alto, and Greater Bay Bancorp. Previously in his career, Mr. Cretan held a 17-year tenure at Wells Fargo Bank.

The Bank is excited to have Mr. Cretan on the team. Christa Steele, President and Chief Executive Officer at Mechanics Bank said, “Larry brings a depth of lending knowledge unmatched by most in the industry. He is a process and efficiency task master and a great mentor to staff.”

Mr. Cretan obtained his B.A. from Stanford University, and a Masters of Arts and MBA at the University of California, Los Angeles. He lives in Woodside and devotes his free time to various non-profit organizations and boards across the greater Bay area.

About Mechanics Bank
For more than a century, Mechanics Bank has been committed to helping people build prosperous communities as a trusted financial partner, forging lasting relationships through teamwork, respect and integrity. Headquartered in Richmond, California, this $3 billion independent bank offers personal banking, business banking, trust, brokerage and wealth management services. For more information, please visit

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