Texas Capital Bank announced today that veteran energy leader Lester Keliher has joined the bank and will be responsible for its energy, syndicated finance and financial institutions businesses. Mr. Keliher succeeds Chris Cowan who will be transitioning into private equity after 16 years of successfully leading and growing these businesses.
“Lester was our top candidate based on the respect Chris and the industry have for him, and we were exceptionally fortunate that he wanted to join our team,” said President and CEO Keith Cargill.
Mr. Keliher brings almost thirty years experience to the position, having spent the majority of his career helping to build the Wells Fargo Energy Group. He was a founding member of the company’s energy practice and the original manager of their Dallas energy office. In his last role as Deputy Division Manager of the Oil and Gas Division, his team was responsible for marketing the bank’s wholesale and investment banking products to middle market exploration and production, as well as midstream companies throughout North America. Mr. Keliher graduated summa cum laude from The University of North Texas and received his MBA from Southern Methodist University.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to join an institution with such a great reputation and to continue the expansion of three important businesses within Texas Capital Bank,” said Mr. Keliher. “We have the advantage of a deep and experienced team in all areas and a great platform from which to continue to grow. I am looking forward to being a part of the continued success of the bank.”