Chief Transformational Officer and Managing Director, Arvest Bank
With more than two decades of experience across aerospace (United Technologies Aerospace, now Raytheon), automotive (Ford), telecommunications (AT&T) and the software industry, leading teams to drive transformation and innovation, Laura Merling has always been passionate about making an impact. Most recently, Merling joined Arvest Bank to lead a multi-year transformation strategy, which includes adopting a next generation banking platform, enhancing digital payments and leveraging artificial intelligence to transform bank operations. Merling studied business administration at Oakland University and graduated from the Advanced Management Program at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. She serves as a board member and risk and audit committee member of B2B travel platform CarTrawler, an advisor to digital manufacturing platform Authentise and a mentor for women seeking leadership opportunities through Athena Alliance.
A TRADITION OF CUSTOMER FOCUS
The story of Arvest is one of commitment started by our founders, an intense dedication to focusing on the customer above all else. This philosophy has remained the same during our growth from a small bank to a network of community banks able to provide a complete range of financial services.
Staying true to these principles has been the common thread throughout our history. We will always be active and involved members of the communities we serve and we will work to put the needs of our customers first as we continue to fulfill our mission – “People helping people find financial solutions for life.”
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