The Maryland Bankers Association said yesterday that it has named Kathleen M. Murphy to head the statewide banking trade group.
Murphy succeeds John B. Bowers Jr., who led the association for nearly 14 years, and resigned in June to take a job at Bank Compensation Strategies Group, a Minneapolis-based compensation and benefits consulting firm.
"I think she is going to do an excellent job for us," said A. Patrick Linton, president and chief executive officer of Frederick-based FCNB Corp., and the president of the association, which represents 85 banks and 34 savings and loans doing business in Maryland.
"She has got a tremendous amount of background as far as the industry is concerned."
Murphy starts as executive vice president Oct. 4. She will leave the American Bankers Association in Washington, where she has worked for 13 years.
Murphy, 38, is the director of the ABA's Community Bankers Council, which represents community bank interests.
"My background has been in the financial-services industry," she said. "This is an industry I love."
Before working at the ABA, Murphy was director of communications for the Ohio Bankers Association, and she also worked in the financial card services division of Bank One Corp. in Columbus, Ohio.
Running a state banking association "has been a goal of mine," Murphy said.
"One of my strengths is in building relationships, be that with the legislature, the members or with the media."
Murphy said her short-term goals are to prepare for Maryland's legislative session, which begins in January, and to make sure that banks in the state have computer systems that will function properly in 2000.
Linton said more than 20 people applied for the job, and about half a dozen were interviewed. Murphy's appointment was approved Wednesday by the association's board, he said.
Linton characterized Murphy as "dynamic."
"She is a person who gets things done," he said.