Wells Fargo Global Correspondent Banking Expands, Strengthens Focus on the Americas



    SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 20 /CNW/ -- Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:   WFC) said
today it has added three company veterans to its Global Correspondent Banking
group to strengthen its focus on serving customers in the Americas:
    
    --  Susan Rico was named senior relationship manager for Canada, Mexico
        and Iberia
    --  Rita Mendoza joins the Americas and Iberia team as a relationship
        associate
    --  Rosamaria Gonzalez will serve as a relationship manager with the
        Global Transaction Services group
    
    "Mexico is one of the largest and most important trade markets for Wells
Fargo customers," said Steve Bash, executive vice president of Wells Fargo's
Global Correspondent Banking Group. "With their knowledge of Mexican financial
institutions Susan, Rita and Rosamaria will help Wells Fargo deepen current
relationships and create new ones for the benefit of our customers."
    Rico joined Wells Fargo in 1994 and most recently served as senior vice
president, Business Banking manager in El Paso, Texas. Before joining Wells
Fargo she served as an international bank examiner for the Federal Reserve
Bank of Atlanta -- Miami branch. Rico earned her bachelor's degree from the
University of Texas at El Paso and her masters of business administration from
the University of Miami.
    Mendoza started her banking career in 1973. She joined Wells Fargo in
1976 and has served in many areas. For the past 10 years Mendoza has served in
Correspondent Banking for the Border Bank, where she has provided customer
service to the Mexican correspondent banks for cash vault services, cash
letters and return items.
    Gonzalez has more than 20 years of financial services experience in the
United States and Mexico. Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 1998 as a business
banker she spent 10 years serving in Mexico. She earned her bachelor's degree
in business administration from Instituto Tecnologico de Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
and a master's degree in finance from Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios
Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico.
    Wells Fargo & Company is a diversified financial services company with
$575 billion in assets, providing banking, insurance, investments, mortgage
and consumer finance through almost 6,000 stores and the internet
(wellsfargo.com) across North America and internationally. Wells Fargo Bank,
N.A. is the only bank in the U.S., and one of only two banks worldwide, to
have the highest credit rating from both Moody's Investors Service, "Aaa," and
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services, "AAA."




For further information:

For further information: Richele Messick of Wells Fargo & Company, 
+1-651-205-6560 Web Site: http://www.wellsfargo.com

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