Sovereign Bank is pleased to announce the appointment of Alicia Wade as Chief Operating Officer, marking a significant advancement in the bank’s leadership team and its commitment to community-focused banking.

Alicia Wade

With a distinguished career spanning 27 years in the banking industry, Alicia Wade brings a wealth of experience and a deep-rooted passion for serving communities. Her journey began on the teller line while studying finance at The University of Central Oklahoma, where she developed a strong foundation in understanding the unique needs of individual customers and later evolving into strategic leadership roles that have made remarkable impacts on the Oklahoma banking community.

“We are delighted to welcome Alicia Wade to Sovereign Bank as our new Chief Operating Officer,” Bryan Cain, President & CEO of Sovereign Bank. “Her extensive experience, strategic acumen, and dedication to community banking make her an invaluable addition to our leadership team.”

Alicia Wade’s expertise extends to leveraging technology, developing innovative financial products, and delivering personalized banking services to enhance customer experience and drive growth for community banks.

“I am thrilled to join the exceptional team at Sovereign Bank and contribute to our shared vision of empowering communities through innovative banking solutions,” said Alicia Wade. “Community banks play a pivotal role in driving local economies, and I am excited to leverage my experience to further enhance Sovereign Bank’s impact.”

Alicia Wade’s commitment to the banking industry is demonstrated through her active involvement in key banking associations and leadership roles that advocate for regulatory changes supporting community banks. She is the incoming Chairman of the Oklahoma Bankers Association and serves as Chairman of the Government Relations Council, in addition to the American Bankers Association Membership Council and Community Bank Council. She is the co-founder and Chairman of the Central Region Fiserv Premier User Group.

About Sovereign Bank: Based in Shawnee, Oklahoma, with branches in Oklahoma City, Midwest City, Lawton, Holdenville, Granite, Mangum, Canute, and an LPO in Edmond. Chartered as First Oklahoma Bank in June 1983, it was purchased by the Citizen Potawatomi Nation in February 1989 and changed its name to Sovereign Bank on April 17, 2023. The home office is located at 130 East MacArthur in Shawnee, Oklahoma, its assets exceed $1 billion. Member FDIC.