Associated Banc-Corp today named Donna Smith as Executive Vice President and Head of Commercial Middle Market and Regional Banking, and John Utz as Executive Vice President and Head of Specialized Industries and Commercial Financial Services. Smith and Utz will serve as members of the company's executive committee. "Over the past 18 months we have greatly strengthened the depth of leadership within our Commercial Banking team. The promotions of Donna and John position us well for the future," said President and CEO Philip B. Flynn. "Their intimate knowledge of our Commercial Banking strategy and our markets will enhance Associated's momentum and further enable us to provide responsive, professional service solutions to our customers." In her new role, Smith will focus on building Commercial Banking across Associated's geographic footprint, as well as future expansion into adjacent markets. Smith joined Associated in June 2010, overseeing the commercial and industrial business line for the organization's southern region, which includes Chicago, southern Illinois, Missouri and Indiana. She possesses more than 30 years of commercial banking experience, having previously held leadership roles at Bank of America, LaSalle Bank, Harris Bank and Fifth Third. Smith holds an MBA in finance from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.