Mr. Singh is our Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer and one of the founding organizers of our Company. Mr. Singh was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of BankUnited, Inc. in January 2019 and President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2017. Mr. Singh served as our Chief Operating Officer from October 2010 up until his promotion in 2017.
An industry veteran of 25 years, Mr. Singh has held several executive leadership positions prior to BankUnited including for Invesco’s WL Ross & Co., Capital One Financial Corp, North Fork Bancorporation and FleetBoston Financial Corporation. Mr. Singh serves on the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors' Federal Advisory Council, representing the Atlanta Region. Mr. Singh earned his M.B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and his B.S. in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi.
Mr. Cornish has been our Chief Operating Officer since January 2017. Mr. Cornish was the Bank's President, Florida Region from March 2014 through December 2016. From 2003 to March 2014, Mr. Cornish served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Marsh & McLennan Agency, Florida Region. Prior to that, he held several senior leadership positions with SunTrust Bank from 1983 through 2003. While with Marsh & McLennan Agency, Mr. Cornish was recognized with honors as "Miami's CEO of the Year" by the South Florida Business Journal and the "Ultimate CEO" by Business Leader Magazine.
Mr. Cornish was also elected to the Florida International University ("FIU") School of Business Hall of Fame in 2013. In 2017, Mr. Cornish received the Torch Award from the FIU Alumni Association, the organization's highest award that recognizes alumni and faculty making positive impacts on their profession, the community and the university. Mr. Cornish previously served as Chairman of the Board of the FIU Foundation.
He is also the past Chairman of the FIU Wolfsonian Museum and past Chairman of the Board of the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation. Mr. Cornish is a past Chairman of the Beacon Council and Assurex Global Corporation. He is a past board member of the Camillus House, The Chapman Partnership and past member of the Orange Bowl committee. Mr. Cornish earned his B.A. degree from Florida International University.
Ms. Lunak has been our Chief Financial Officer since March 2013. Ms. Lunak served as the Bank's Executive Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer from June 2012 through March 2013 and as Senior Vice President, Finance from October 2010 through June 2012. From August 2004 through October 2010, Ms. Lunak was an Audit Director at the public accounting firm McGladrey & Pullen, LLP.
Her responsibilities included overseeing audit engagements and the performance of financial and accounting consulting services for clients primarily engaged in the financial services industry, serving as a designated national financial services industry specialist and serving as a subject matter expert in a variety of technical accounting areas, including derivatives, equity instruments, fair value accounting and acquisition accounting. She was also responsible for the development and presentation of a wide variety of continuing education courses for both internal and external audiences.
From 2001 through August 2004, Ms. Lunak was a senior audit manager with the certified public accounting firm Adair, Fuller, Witcher and Malcom, with oversight responsibility for all of the firm's audit engagements. From June 1985 through 2001, Ms. Lunak was an independent consultant, providing finance and accounting related services to clients consisting primarily of community banks and thrifts and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
From 1979 through June 1985, Ms. Lunak was with the public accounting firm Deloitte, where she was an audit manager serving primarily clients in the banking industry and was designated a national banking industry specialist. She was named one of South Florida Business Journal's Influential Business Women of 2019 and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Urban League of Broward County. Ms. Lunak is a Florida CPA and received a B.S. in Accounting from Oklahoma State University.
Mr. Bansal has been the Bank's Chief Investment Officer since February 2017 and most recently served as Executive Vice President, Mortgage Portfolio. Mr. Bansal joined the Bank in July 2009, and was part of the advisory group that worked on the Bank's acquisition. In his role as Chief Investment Officer, Mr. Bansal is responsible for the bank’s investment securities portfolio. He manages the Bank's residential loan portfolio, residential mortgage warehouse business and Pinnacle Public Finance business.
Prior to joining BankUnited, Mr. Bansal was a Managing Director in fixed income with Merrill Lynch from 2007 through 2009 and a fixed income trader at Lehman Brothers from 1998 through 2007. Mr. Bansal received a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and earned his Bachelor of Technology (Chemical Engineering) from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
Mr. Richards has been the Bank's Chief Risk Officer since September 2019 when the Bank consolidated the Credit and Risk organizations into one Enterprise Risk Management group. Mr. Richards served as our Chief Credit Officer from January 2018 through September 2019. Prior to that, he held several senior leadership positions with TD Bank (and its predecessor banks) from 2008 until 2018, Compass Bank from 2006 until 2008, Regions Bank (and its predecessor banks) from 1999 until 2006, and Bank One (now part of JPMorgan Chase) from 1993 through 1999.
Mr. Richards has a breadth of experience across Capital Markets, Commercial C&I, Commercial CRE, Consumer Lending, Specialty Banking, Government and Not-for-Profit Banking industries, as well as, extensive Workout and Recovery experience. In addition, Mr. Richards has significant experience in bank mergers and acquisitions, from the due diligence phase through integration. He has also been an essential part of several core infrastructure and strategic realignment projects. Mr. Richards has a B.S. in Finance from Indiana State University.