January 3, 1996 |
Great Western Financial Corp. has officially handed over its reins to a new chief executive, but the new boss sees little change in basic direction for the parent of Great Western Bank. On Monday, the CEO job officially passed from James F. Montgomery, a savvy thrift industry fixture who personified the Chatsworth-based company's Old West image, to John F. Maher, an investment banker who helped design the firm's push into banking services.
September 24, 1986
John F. Maher has been elected to the board of directors of IRT Corp.
September 10, 1986 |
John F. Maher, a managing director in the Los Angeles office of Shearson Lehman Bros., has been named to the No. 2 job at Great Western Financial in Beverly Hills, succeeding Robert B. Holmes, who recently resigned, it was announced Tuesday. Maher was elected president and chief operating officer of Great Western, effective immediately. Great Western Financial, with about $25 billion in assets, is the parent company of Great Western Savings, the nation's third-largest savings and loan firm.
March 6, 1997 |
Chatsworth-based Great Western Financial Corp. implored its shareholders to shun the embrace of its rival in the savings and loan business, H.F. Ahmanson & Co., while it ponders Ahmanson's takeover bid and any alternatives that emerge. Irwindale-based Ahmanson made the all-stock offer public on Feb. 18. It is currently worth about $6.1 billion--more than 30% above Great Western's pre-offer market value. In a letter to his shareholders, Great Western Chief Executive John F.
February 20, 1997 |
Amid increasing signs that a bidding war will erupt for Great Western, the savings and loan's chief executive on Wednesday lashed out at statements made by the management of its hostile suitor, H.F. Ahmanson & Co. In an e-mail bulletin to employees Wednesday afternoon, Great Western Chief Executive John F.
March 10, 1996 |
The Heart Ball was good for the heart--brimming with success, prominent leadership and funny quotes. Phyllis Diller came onstage flaunting hair 2 feet wide. She left the crowd hysterical: "You know you're old when . . . someone compliments you on your alligator shoes and you're barefoot!" The Lettermen were easy on the heart, too, with old songs like "When I Fall in Love" and "Put Your Head on My Shoulder."