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Bank Leumi Announces Expansion of High Tech Team

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Mario De Lecce and John Bryson to Lead a U.S. Tech Build-out

Bank Leumi USA today announced that it has hired Mario De Lecce and John
Bryson to join the bank's growing technology banking team and lead its
U.S.-focused tech business, helping to expand the client base beyond
tech companies with Israeli roots. De Lecce will serve as Group Head,
U.S. Tech and joins Leumi from Wells Fargo; Bryson will be a
Relationship Manager within the group and most recently worked at
FastPay.

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Mario De Lecce, Group Head, U.S. Tech, Bank Leumi USA (Photo: Business Wire)

Mario De Lecce, Group Head, U.S. Tech, Bank Leumi USA (Photo: Business Wire)

Leumi leads the Israeli technology banking sector globally under the
LeumiTech brand, with more than 60% of the market share. Bank Leumi's
tech practice in the U.S., historically focused on Israeli technology
companies and venture capital firms with a U.S. presence, has been
growing quickly in recent years. Given the institution's deep sector
experience and comprehensive U.S.-based tech banking capabilities, the
decision to broaden its focus to include non-Israel-related companies
was a logical strategic next step for the bank. This initiative is
expected to open up a new and growing market for Leumi as it reaffirms
its role as one of the leading financial partners to the tech ecosystem.

"Our ability to attract top talent like Mario and John speaks to Leumi's
leadership in the tech space, and we're excited to have them on board to
help expand our offerings and the pool of companies we can serve," said
Shawn McGowen, Head of Commercial Banking. "This strategic expansion
reflects our long-term commitment to supporting the U.S. tech sector
under the direction of Eitan Sapir, Head of International and Technology
Banking."

Mario De Lecce comes to Leumi with extensive experience building and
running technology groups for corporate and commercial divisions of
several large banks. Most recently, as a Director and Senior
Relationship Manager at Wells Fargo, he established a Corporate Banking
Technology, Media & Telecom (TMT) Group in New York, where he was
instrumental in developing the bank's brand through venture
capital/private equity partnerships. At HSBC in San Francisco, he helped
to form and build the bank's nationwide large-cap TMT segment, closing
more than $400M in new commitments and onboarding 10 new clients. De
Lecce earned a BBA at the University of San Diego and an MBA at the SDA
Bocconi School of Management in Milan.

John Bryson joins Leumi from FastPay, a financial technology platform
providing credit and payment solutions to digital industries. As
Director of Business Development there, he established the company's
financial solutions segment for the New York office and cultivated
satellite channel partnerships in secondary markets. Prior to that,
Bryson spent several years in senior account roles at Onswipe, MaxPoint
Interactive and Interclick/Genome. Bryson holds a BA from Loyola
Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Leumi's Commercial Banking division specializes in serving select
industries, products and asset types in the U.S. middle market,
including healthcare, media & entertainment, high tech, apparel and real
estate. Its bankers focus on market areas with the most growth potential
and work closely with a diverse roster of clients in each sector to
develop custom solutions that best support their business needs.

About Leumi

Bank Leumi USA (Leumi) is a full-service commercial and private banking
institution providing financial services to middle market firms, as well
as a full range of private banking solutions to domestic and
international clients. Leumi also offers a broad range of securities and
insurance products through its brokerage subsidiary, Leumi Investment
Services Inc. More information about Leumi is available at www.leumiusa.com.

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