Harris H. Simmons is the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Zions Bancorporation, a $51 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, and a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) degree from Harvard Business School in 1980.Active in community and industry affairs, Simmons has served as chairman or president of Utah Symphony; Utah Foundation; Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks Campaign and Economic Development Corporation of Utah. He is president of the Shelter-the-Homeless Committee, and he serves on the boards of Pioneer Theatre Company, Utah Youth Village and the Great Salt Lake Council of The Boy Scouts of America. He also serves on the board of directors for Questar Corporation, National Life Group (Vermont) and O.C. Tanner Company. He is past chairman of the American Bankers Association and is a member of the Financial Services Roundtable.
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