Wells Fargo announced today that it has expanded its technology and life sciences focus in the Southwest, adding local, dedicated coverage for the bank’s Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico technology and life sciences customers. The expansion leverages the expertise of Wells Fargo Corporate Banking’s Technology, Media and Telecom and Healthcare groups.
“The Southwest’s growing tech economy played a key factor in Wells Fargo’s decision to add a local banker to serve Southwest companies,” said Eric Houser, head of Wells Fargo Technology, Media and Telecom, within Corporate Banking.
“Additionally, there is a growing need within the health care industry, specifically among life sciences companies in this region, for financial products and services to meet their complex needs,” said David Gillespie, head of Healthcare Group within Corporate Banking.
Selected to lead the new initiative is Corey Saba Basha, a senior vice president and 20-year Wells Fargo commercial banker. In collaboration with industry specialty groups, Saba Basha is responsible for relationship development and driving Wells Fargo’s technology and life sciences business expansion across Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. She is based in Phoenix.
“By combining our technology and life sciences experience with local coverage, we will be better equipped to support our customers and develop relationships throughout the Southwest region,” said Neal Crapo, who leads the Southwest Division for Wells Fargo Middle Market Banking, which works closely with the Technology, Media and Telecom Group as well as the Life Sciences division within the Healthcare Group.
Saba Basha graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s in Accounting and Finance. She earned her MBA from Arizona State University in 2002. In addition, she studied Spanish in Madrid. An active member of her community, she serves on the Summit School of Ahwatukee Board of Trustees and previously chaired the board. Saba Basha is active with Big Brothers Big Sisters and other local nonprofits.
An advocate for corporate diversity, Saba Basha is also a member of the Wells Fargo Arizona Leadership Team. She founded the Women’s Networking Luncheon for Arizona in 2015, which provides a forum for Arizona women leaders to establish and achieve individual goals.