Helen Johnson-Leipold and Richard Hansen
“After 15 years of leading our company to unprecedented growth and success, Dick has officially decided to retire at the end of this year,” said Johnson-Leipold. “Careful, deliberate succession planning anticipated this day would come, and we are confident Russ is the right person, the best person to assume this important leadership role at a key time in our company’s history,” added Johnson-Leipold.
In 1995, Hansen was named President and CEO by the founder of Johnson Financial Group, the late Samuel C. Johnson. Over 15 years later, under Hansen’s leadership Johnson Financial Group has expanded its portfolio of services and geographic footprint, and earned local, regional and national recognition as one of the country’s best places to work. Commenting on Hansen’s leadership, Johnson-Leipold added “Dick has kept our organization keenly focused on doing the right thing for our clients, associates and communities.”
His contribution to the banking industry in Wisconsin has been noted in local and national press. Articles featuring Weyers have appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Wisconsin State Journal, Small Business Times, The Milwaukee Business Journal, The Phoenix Business Journal, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.
Weyers is a member of the Board of Directors and immediate past Chairman of the Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA), the largest financial trade association in the state. As WBA Chairman, he faced the most troubling and chaotic economic time our state, our nation, has faced since the Great Depression.
“Russ has worked side-by-side with Dick over the years to build a culture, company and reputation we are all proud of. Over the next six months, they will continue to be a great team to ensure a seamless and successful transition,” said Johnson-Leipold.