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Harini Upadhyaya named Chief Transformation and Technology Officer


Today, Bremer Bank announced Harini Upadhyaya joined its Senior Executive Team in a newly created position of Chief Transformation and Technology Officer (CTTO).

As CTTO, Upadhaya will be the executive leader of Bremer’s technology and operations teams, leading Bremer’s technology-led modernization work. Upadhyaya’s work will be critical as Bremer incorporates innovative solutions into its internal and external processes to create an exceptional experience for both customers and employees. Upadhyaya began her new role on June 15.

“Harini is uniquely qualified to lead Bremer in this effort. Her proven track record as an operational and IT strategic leader, as well as her energy and collaborative style will help us drive this work as we position Bremer for ongoing growth,” said Jeanne Crain, Bremer’s President and CEO. “I am thrilled to welcome Harini to the Bremer team.”

As CTTO, Upadhyaya’s passion for employee development and change leadership was an ideal match for Bremer’s interest in embracing technology to drive operational excellence. Her ability to lean on her customer-centric approach as she elevates customer and employee experiences will be fundamental as her work moves forward.

“I am excited to begin this work as Bremer doubles down on leading with ingenuity and creativity,” Upadhyaya said. “It is clear that Bremer has an innovative mindset and is strategically addressing the changing needs of its customers and the marketplace. Leveraging these strengths will be important as we build a robust environment of sustainable growth.”

Upadhyaya has dedicated her 22-year career to delivering IT-empowered business solutions that lead to meaningful growth and efficiency for industry-leading companies. Her most recent position prior to joining Bremer Bank was as the VP of Applications and Analytics at ECMC Group. Upadhyaya holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Andhra University in India, a master’s in software engineering from the University of St. Thomas, and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

About Bremer Financial Corporation

Bremer Financial Corporation is a privately held, regional financial services company with $16.2 billion in assets, jointly owned by the Otto Bremer Trust and Bremer employees. Founded in 1943 by Otto Bremer, the company is headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota and provides a comprehensive range of banking, mortgage, investment, wealth management, and insurance products and services throughout Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. Clients include small businesses, mid-sized corporations, agribusinesses, nonprofits, public and government entities, and individuals and families.