HARRIS H. SIMMONS
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
The Future of Banking and Credit Unions
Harris H. Simmons is the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Zions Bancorporation, a $45 billion (assets) bank holding company that operates approximately 500 full-service banking offices throughout the western United States.
A native of Salt Lake City, Simmons first worked for Zions in 1970 and has served in a variety of positions with Zions First National Bank and Zions Bancorporation in his more than 30 years with the organization. His positions have included serving as chief financial officer for Zions Bancorporation for five years, and president for four years prior to assuming his duties as both president and CEO in 1990. In April 2002 Simmons added the role of chairman to his duties.
Simmons received a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Utah in 1977. Three years later he obtained a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) degree from Harvard Business School in Boston, Mass.
Active in community and industry affairs, Simmons is past chairman of the Utah Symphony, past president of the Utah Foundation, and past chairman of the Economic Development Corporation of Utah. He is Chairman of the American Bankers Association, president of the Shelter-the-Homeless Committee, vice president of the Great Salt Lake Council of The Boy Scouts of America and chairman of the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks Reauthorization Campaign. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Questar Corporation and O.C. Tanner Company.