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Bremer Bank Names New Group President

St. Paul, MN – APRIL 18, 2011 - Deb Bauman has been named Group President for Bremer Bank with responsibility for Bremer’s Operations, Technology and eCommerce. Bauman has nearly 30 years of experience working in a variety of technology and operations roles in retail, financial services, insurance, manufacturing and the airline industry.

In her new role, Bauman will be responsible for establishing short- and long-term business strategies and specific deliverables for all three functional areas. Ensuring consistency and reliability of core capabilities, as well as delivery systems, and developing longer-term business plans to ensure increasing levels of growth and profitability will be key accountabilities.

For the past three years, Bauman served as chief information officer for Sun Country Airlines. Additionally, she led the IT organization at Deluxe Corporation and was an executive member of the IT team at Target. Bauman also had stints at Fingerhut Corp, Minnesota Mutual Life Insurance and A.C. Nielsen Marketing Research.

"We are exceptionally fortunate to have someone with Deb’s range of talents and experience on our team," said CEO Pat Donovan. “We have very ambitious plans for meeting the changing needs of our clients and growing our business. Operations, Technology and eCommerce will play a critical role in our success."

Bauman is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and a published writer, with articles in Information Week and Computer World. Active in the community, she serves on the board of Bridge for Youth, was a member of Compaq’s (HP) Business Critical Customer Council and several years ago was nominated for the Minnesota Technology Executive of the Year.

"I'm excited about the prospect of working for such a unique organization,” said Bauman. "Bremer's civic-minded approach to business is refreshing in today's environment. Plus, its performance and growth objectives, and the opportunity to contribute professionally to an organization that does so much good in the community, is very appealing."

Bremer Financial Corporation
Bremer Financial Corporation is a privately-held, $8 billion regional financial services company owned by its employees and the Otto Bremer Foundation (OBF). Founded in 1943 by Otto Bremer, the company is headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota and provides a comprehensive range of banking, investment, trust and insurance services to its nearly 100 locations in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. OBF uses its share of dividends to distribute charitable grants to Bremer Bank communities. For more information, go to bremer.com.