The FINANCIAL -- Bank of
America announced that Larry Otto has been named to the additional
leadership roles of Missouri state president and St. Louis market
A native who has called Missouri home for most of his life, Otto has been with the company since joining a predecessor institution in 1977. Otto replaces Patricia Mercurio who was named St. Louis president in 2000 and state president in 2001. Mercurio will retire in October.
As state president, Otto will help integrate Bank of America business lines throughout Missouri, allowing the company to reach more individuals, families and businesses while deepening relationships with existing customers. As Bank of
America reported, he will also oversee corporate social responsibility activities including philanthropic giving, community development lending and investing, environmental initiatives, diversity efforts, arts and culture projects, and employee volunteerism.
“Larry has deep roots here in Missouri and extensive financial services experience,” said Brian T. Moynihan, CEO Bank of America. “We’re pleased to have him take on this important leadership role to integrate our efforts and better serve Missouri customers and communities."
In addition to his responsibilities as state and market president, Otto is Midwest regional executive for U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. In that capacity, he is responsible for teams of financial services professionals that deliver investments, trusts and banking advisory services to high net worth individuals and families across Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri.
Otto, a Duke University alumnus, resides in Clayton with his wife, Jill. He is active in the community and involved in numerous St. Louis area nonprofit organizations including the Contemporary Art Museum, CharacterPlus, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, the Sheldon Arts Foundation and the St. Louis Public Library Foundation.
Last year, Bank of America employees in Missouri volunteered more than 31,800 hours to local nonprofits and continue to be significant players in major philanthropic initiatives, including the United Way campaign. More than $4,630,000 in 2011 statewide philanthropic giving helped nonprofit community organizations develop and grow, including those that provide basic human services such as hunger relief, housing assistance and access to healthcare.