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Noma Bruton


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Noma is a Human Resources expert in the financial services sector.

A HR veteran of the industry, Noma has collaborated with banking executives to successfully lead institutions through all stages of the business lifecycle. She is currently the Chief Human Resources Officer at Pacific Mercantile Bank in Costa Mesa, CA, where she was recruited to develop and rollout a scalable HR strategy, laying the foundation for future growth. As Chief Human Resources Officer at Santa Barbara Bank & Trust, Noma was a member of the executive team instrumental in the bank’s successful turnaround, leading to its acquisition by Union Bank. She then co-led the Human Resources integration team, retaining an impressive 95% of key Santa Barbara Bank & Trust talent.

At Bank of America, Noma provided HR leadership across a number of divisions. She enabled the rapid growth of a Southern California Wealth Management division, developing a vigorous recruitment strategy and reducing Financial Advisor turnover. She built the Intellectual Capital & Property team within the Operational Risk division. During the NationsBank / Bank of America merger, Noma was a member of the merger and acquisition team.

Noma holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Dallas, has attended the Executive Coaching Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, and is a Six Sigma Black Belt. She is also a member of the Society of Human Resources Management, Professionals in Human Resources Association, WorldatWork, and serves on the Human Resources Committee of the California Bankers Association.

She is the author of the blog, HR Sagacity | Insights in Banking and Finance.

HR Expertise

Compensation, Generalist, Health & Wellness, HR Consulting, Metrics & Measurement, Organizational Development, Staffing Management, Technology/HRIS, Training & Development


University of Texas at Dallas
Dallas, Texas, United States of America

The University of Texas at Dallas

Professional Associations

Professionals in Human Resources Association

Society of Human Resources Management


Finance & Insurance

Job History

Pacific Mercantile Bank
EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer
Costa Mesa, CA, United States of America
May 2013 - present

Santa Barbara Bank and Trust
EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer
Santa Barbara , CA, United States of America
October 2007 - May 2013

Countrywide Bank, Division of Countrywide Financial
EVP, Human Resources
March 2007 - September 2007

Bank of America
SVP, Human Resources
January 1987 - January 2007