NEW YORK,NY According to Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. (MUFG), one of the world's leading financial groups, Robin Bienfait has been elected to the board of directors for MUFG Americas Holdings Corporation and its primary subsidiary, MUFG Union Bank, N.A., effective immediately.
Bienfait joins the board following Christine Garvey's retirement, after serving as a member of the board of directors since 2007. Garvey is the former global head of corporate real estate services at Deutsche Bank AG, where she retired in 2004. She previously held the position of group executive vice president and head of commercial real estate services for Bank of America and held senior level positions at other major financial institutions.
Bienfait is the CEO of Emnovate, an executive advisory firm delivering enterprise-class services to large global companies. Prior to founding her own firm, Bienfait was executive vice president and chief enterprise innovation officer at Samsung Electronics from 2014 to 2016. She previously held a number of executive positions at Blackberry from 2007 to 2014, including: chief information officer, chief technology officer for software and chief information security officer. Prior to her career at Blackberry, Bienfait spent 23 years at AT&T in a range of roles, including: senior vice president, Worldwide Network Operations, Network Security and Network Disaster Recovery; and chief compliance officer. Bienfait is chairman of the board of directors for Global Aviation and a member of the board of directors at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She earned a B.A. in Engineering from Central Missouri State University and a M.A. in Technology Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
"The addition of Robin to our Board of Directors comes at a critical time in MUFG's journey, particularly with regard to how we leverage a range of technological advancements on behalf of our clients, including AI, blockchain, mobile banking and cryptocurrency," said Masato Miyachi, executive chairman of MUFG Americas Holdings Corporation and MUFG Union Bank, N.A.. "I'm confident that Robin's depth of experience with some of the world's most innovative companies will be extremely valuable to MUFG." Miyachi said, "On behalf of the board of directors and the entire MUFG family, we thank Christine Garvey for her service to the firm. She has been instrumental in guiding us as we've grown our franchise in the U.S. amid an ever-challenging competitive landscape."