Our leadership team

Strong relationships are at the core of Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking’s values. If you need a bank that is moving with the times, connected to the UK and can help you plan for the future, the experience of our senior team can help you succeed. Meet our North America leaders.

  • Samir Lalvani

    CEO - Country Head for North America

    Samir is currently CEO, Country Head for North America. Prior to this role, Samir was Head of Corporate and Institutional Coverage, North America &  President of Lloyds Securities Inc. 


    Before this, he headed up Financial Institutions for North America with responsibility for client coverage of banks, financial sponsors, insurance, and global specialist finance and intermediaries. Samir re-joined Lloyds Bank from ANZ Banking Group, where he was Head of Coverage, International Banking and Deputy CEO, North America.

    Prior to ANZ, Samir was the President of Lloyds Securities Inc. and the Head of Capital Markets, a position he held for 6 years. He played an instrumental role in establishing Lloyds Securities Inc., which is the securities arm of the North America business, and developing Lloyds Bank’s product capabilities in the US.


    Samir joined Lloyds Bank in 2009 from Citigroup, where he worked for 10 years. During this time, Samir specialized in offering clients bespoke solutions to financing needs, with particular emphasis on structuring to tax, accounting, rating agency and regulatory considerations across multiple distribution platforms. Prior to Citigroup, Samir spent eight years in the Branded Consumer Industry in sales, marketing and strategic functions at Procter & Gamble and Nabisco.


    Samir received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics and International Relations from Brown University and an MBA with distinction from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Markets experts

  • Wes-Fallan

    Wesley Fallan

    Head of Capital Markets, North America

    Wesley moved to New York in 2014 where he has been part of the build-out of Lloyds’ Broker Dealer, Lloyds Securities Inc. (LSI). Wesley is now Head of the Capital Markets platform in the US.

    The role builds on Wesley’s career in the bond markets in both London and New York; he is now running all 6 teams encompassing: Debt Capital Markets, Syndicate, Securitized Products Group, Loans, Private Placements and Risk Management Solutions in North America. Having achieved a 2:1 (honors) degree in Economics and Econometrics from the University of Nottingham in 2000, Wesley spent the first 8 years of his 16 year career in various Loan Markets roles at HSBC in London, more latterly on its Origination team.

    From there, Wesley joined the multi-product Origination desk within Lloyds' DCM business in 2008, responsible for pitching Lloyds' growing credentials in public bonds, US private placements and Syndicated Loans to clients in the UK and Europe.


  • Kristan-Gochee

    Kristan Gochee

    Head of Financial Markets, North America

    Kristan joined Lloyds Securities Inc. April 2014 and was responsible for launching the US Dollar Asset Backed Solutions trading desk. In July 2015, she moved to the syndicate desk to provide dedicated ABS coverage for Lloyds Bank’s US clients and is now currently Head of Financial Markets.

    Kristan has over 15 years of experience in fixed income analysis, research, trading, sales and syndication. She began her career at Conning Asset Management as a research analyst where she covered structured products across asset classes, her work included analyzing and valuing both existing and prospect client portfolios. She spent 2004-2011 as a trader at UBS Securities where she traded proprietary positions for the bank; including whole loans, ABS, non-agency RMBS, subprime, CMBS and the related indices. Prior to leaving UBS she was the Head Trader for the Auction Rate Securities desk. She holds her series 7, 63, 53, 24 and 79.

Sector specialists

  • Sebastian-Kafetz

    Sebastian Kafetz

    Head of Corporate & Institutional Coverage, North America

    Sebastian joined Lloyds Bank in London in 2002 and has held a number of different roles spanning Financial Institutions Coverage, Credit Risk and Corporate Banking. Following his relocation to New York in 2012, Seb led


    a coverage team as Managing Director and Head of Insurance and Specialist Finance for North America, managing relationships across the Global Insurance space.

    In July 2019, Seb was appointed to Managing Director, Head of Global Transaction Banking, North America. In this role Seb managed a team providing both product and sales coverage relating to the provision of trade finance and cash management. In March 2022, Seb was appointed to his current role as Managing Director, Head of Corporate and Institutional Coverage, North America. In this role Seb manages a team of Relationship Sector specialists  across Corporate Banking, Financial Services and Financial Sponsors, alongside Trade Finance and Loan Markets product teams

    Seb has a Masters in Management from Durham University Business School, The Association of Corporate Treasurers treasury qualification and a BA in political science from Nottingham University. Seb is series 24, 79 and 63 FINRA qualified.


Support specialists

  • Steve-Bedwell

    Steve Bedwell

    Head of Business Strategy & Treasury Oversight

    Steve joined the Group as a graduate trainee Chartered Accountant with Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh in 1993. After completing his professional qualifications he took up a finance role with the Group’s Treasury function in London and before becoming the Head of Financial & Regulatory Reporting for HBOS Treasury Services following the Bank of Scotland merger with Halifax.

    In 2003, he was appointed a lead on the project to establish an HBOS Treasury Branch in New York and took on the role of Head of Finance & Risk when the branch commenced operations.

    Following the Lloyds Bank acquisition of HBOS in 2008, Steve took on responsibility for the combination of the two treasury functions with his primary focus on the oversight of the market and liquidity risk areas, eventually encompassing the asset and liabilities management for the combined North American business. In 2012 Steve was appointed to lead the North America Client Asset Management team.


  • Veronica-Cranny

    Veronica Cranny

    Head of Operations

    Veronica joined Lloyds Banking Group in 2013 and is currently Head of Operations.  Veronica’s team is responsible for the complete end to end transaction booking, sanctions screening, and payment execution in support of the Commercial Banking and Markets Operations activities of North America

    Prior to joining Lloyds, Veronica held a number of key operational and control roles in Asset Management and Financial Institutions, including Allied Irish Bank PLC and Royal Bank of Scotland PLC and has worked in Dublin, London and New York.


    Veronica is passionate about building agile and adaptable teams, focusing on the competencies and behaviors of the team; resulting in the freedom to challenge inefficient processes and drive real progress towards the integrity and strength of the control environment and IT infrastructure.

  • Susan-Crawford

    Susan Crawford

    Head of Risk and Compliance

    Susan joined Lloyds Bank in November 2018 as Chief Compliance Officer and Money Laundering Reporting Officer. In February 2021, Susan became Head of Risk and Compliance assuming responsibility for non-financial risk including compliance, operational, conduct, and regulatory risk.


    Susan has over 30 years of industry experience and joined from National Bank of Canada where she held the position of Chief Compliance Officer and BSA/AML Officer for four years. In addition, Susan held senior compliance roles at National Australia Bank and Bank of Ireland where she built and managed the banks’ US compliance operations.

    Susan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from LeMoyne College and an MBA from Fordham University.
  • Ross-Houghton

    Ross Houghton

    Chief Financial Officer

    Ross is the Chief Financial Officer in North America overseeing all Finance and Taxation activities and serving as the Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer for Lloyds Securities Inc., the Groups registered broker-dealer. He was appointed Chief Financial Officer for the North America region in January 2019.

    Prior to this, Ross was the Head of Finance for the Lloyds Bank New York Branch as well as serving as Chief Financial & Operations Officer for Lloyds Securities Inc.


    Ross qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2000 before joining KPMG’s financial sector practice where he was a bank auditor. He joined the Group in 2002 and transferred to the US in 2005 in a senior finance capacity at the Groups auto finance subsidiary in Dallas, Texas. Ross led the finance activities in the successful M&A process to market and sell the unit in 2006 before transferring to New York where he has since held a number of senior finance, operations and control roles.

    Ross has a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) in Business Studies & Accounting from the University of Edinburgh and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.
  • Nina-Ilisije

    Nina Ilisije

    Head of People

    Nina joined the Human Resources team July 2009 as a Senior Business Partner and is currently Head of People for North America. 

    She is a seasoned HR professional with over 20 years of experience.

    Prior to joining Lloyds Bank, Nina held a number of generalist HR roles with BlackRock and Merrill Lynch where she provided expertise for various teams such as Equities, Sales & Marketing and Technology. She has also specialized in a number of Recruitment and Learning & Development roles. 


    Nina has a BS in Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is affiliated with SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management).
  • Adriana Maestas

    Chief Legal Officer

    Adriana is the Chief Legal Officer for Lloyds Bank in North America. Adriana advises the North America business and leads the North America legal department.


    She joined the bank in 2017 as Senior Counsel and also served as Secretary for the North America Executive Committee prior to her promotion to Chief Legal Officer in 2021.

    Prior to joining Lloyds, Adriana was Counsel at Linklaters LLP, where she advised banks and large corporates primarily on banking and capital markets matters. Before that, she worked at international law firms based in London, New York and Hong Kong. Adriana has practiced law for over fifteen years and is a member of the New York Bar and the Washington State Bar.

    Adriana holds a B.A. from Stanford University and J.D. from Stanford Law School.
  • Janet-Taffe

    Janet Taffe

    Janet Taffe, Head of Transformation, Technology & Branch Management

    Janet joined the Bank of Scotland, New York branch in 1983 and is currently the Head of Transformation, Technology & Branch Management in North America. She leads a team responsible for implementing change through an appropriate governance framework while identifying, managing and mitigating risks to deliver on our commitments.

    In addition, as the Inclusion & Diversity Officer, Janet advocates a culture of inclusive behavior and drives the creation of an environment where every individual feels included and empowered to be their best..

    Janet has over 35 years of banking experience leading teams in Change Management, Information Technology, Operations, Finance, and Payments and has overseen the delivery of a number of major projects. Prior to joining Bank of Scotland, Janet worked for 3 years at the Halifax Building Society in London.

    Janet has a Bachelor of Science (Summa Cum Laude) in Management and Communications from Adelphi University. She is also ITIL Certified and holds a certification from the ABA American Institute of Banking, NY (School of Banking) where she was Valedictorian.
  • Eddie Vexler

    Head of Credit

    Eddie joined Lloyds Bank, North America in 2015 as Head of Financial Institutions Credit and was appointed Head of Credit for North America in February 2021 with a L3 Delegated Credit Authority for the bank.


    Before joining the North America team, Eddie spent 3 years at Lloyds Bank in London, where he helped to establish an Institutional investors funds credit team. Prior to joining Lloyds Bank, Eddie spent 15 years at Credit Suisse, where he held various Credit related roles, including Head of Mutual and Pension Fund Credit team.

    With close to 25 years of credit experience as well as building and expanding various credit teams, Eddie has always focused on two key elements of the credit risk management – providing support for the sensible business growth and dynamic credit risk management.

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