NOVATO -- Bank of Marin Bancorp (NASDAQ: BMRC), parent company of Bank of Marin, on Thursday announced the hiring of Tani Girton as chief financial officer.

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Ms. Girton joins the bank with more than 25 years of experience in financial services, most recently serving as executive vice president and treasury at Bank of the West. Her professional history also includes a role as president of treasury capital markets at Charles Schwab & Company.

"The CFO role is a highly strategic position, and her talent and experience will be of great value, particularly as we expand into the East Bay with our recent announcement of the agreement to acquire NorCal Community Bancorp," said Russell Colombo, president and chief executive of Bank of Marin, in the announcement.

Ms. Girton assumes the CFO role after Christina Cook, who left Bank of Marin in May to become the CFO of Petaluma's First California Mortgage Company. Ms. Cook had served as Bank of Marin's CFO since 2004.

A resident of Larkspur, Ms. Girton earned an MBA from San Francisco State University. She received a bachelor of arts degree in international affairs from Lewis and Clark College and completed graduate work at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

While at Bank of the West, Ms. Girton founded the Women's Connection program to provide employees with education, mentorship and networking opportunities. She serves on the executive committee for Junior Achievement of Northern California.