Officers & Directors

Executive Management


David W. Kemper
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Commerce Bancshares, Inc.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Commerce Bank

David W. Kemper is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the holding company, Commerce Bancshares, Inc; and Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Commerce Bank. He joined Commerce Bank in 1978 as Vice President in charge of Commercial Lending and in 1991 was elected to his current position. Kemper heads the Executive Committee of Commerce Bancshares, Inc. A 1972 graduate of Harvard University, Kemper received a Master of Arts in English Literature from Worcester College, Oxford University in 1974 and a MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1976. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Kemper is a director of Ralcorp Holdings, Inc., Tower Properties Company, and serves as an advisory director for Enterprise Holdings and Bunge North America. Kemper serves as Vice Chairman of the board of trustees of Washington University in St. Louis. He is also on the board of trustees of the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.

Jonathan M. Kemper
Vice Chairman, Commerce Bancshares, Inc.
Chairman, Commerce Bank, Kansas City Region

Jonathan M. Kemper is Vice Chairman of Commerce Bancshares, Inc. and Chairman of Commerce Bank, Kansas City Region. He joined Commerce as Vice President of Commerce Bank, Kansas City in 1982 and was elected Vice Chairman of Commerce Bancshares, Inc. in 1991. Kemper has overall responsibility for the Kansas City region and for operations and information technology. He serves on the Executive Committee of Commerce Bancshares, Inc. Kemper, a 1975 graduate of Harvard College, earned an MBA in 1979 from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business.

Kemper is a Non-Executive Chairman of Tower Properties Company. He is co-trustee of the William T. Kemper Foundation, president of the Kansas City Public Library board of trustees and is on the board of the Chamber of Commerce, Citizens Association, Kansas City Design Center, Kansas City Downtown Council and member of the Executive Committee, and the Smithsonian National Board.

Seth M. Leadbeater
Vice Chairman, Commerce Bancshares, Inc.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Commerce Bank, St. Louis Region

Seth M. Leadbeater is Vice Chairman of Commerce Bancshares, Inc., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Commerce Bank, St. Louis Region, and serves on the Executive Committee of Commerce Bancshares, Inc. Leadbeater has overall responsibility for the St. Louis Region, and all Community Markets in Missouri, Illinois, and Kansas outside of St. Louis and Kansas City. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Principia College and an MBA from California State University, Long Beach. Leadbeater serves as a trustee for the St. Louis Art Museum, a director of the Muny Opera in St. Louis, and of the Regional Housing Community Development Association.

John W. Kemper
President and Chief Operating Officer of Commerce Bancshares, Inc.
President of Commerce Bank

John W. Kemper is President and Chief Operating Officer of Commerce Bancshares, Inc., and President of Commerce Bank. In this role, Kemper directs the Bank's strategy and line operations, working closely with market and business line leadership. In addition, Mr. Kemper has overall responsibility for bank credit and non-credit risk, legal, compliance and human resources. Kemper holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science from Stanford University, a Master of Science in economic history from the London School of Economics, and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. Kemper is a director of Tower Properties Company and a member of the Leadership Council of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. He is a board member of the St. Louis Regional Chamber and of KIPP St. Louis.

Charles G. Kim
Chief Financial Officer, Commerce Bancshares, Inc.

Charles G. Kim is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Commerce Bancshares, Inc. Kim has corporate responsibility for all financial functions for the company. He also has responsibility for strategic planning, marketing, the retail line of business, the consumer and corporate card business, Commerce Mortgage Corporation and is a member of the Executive Committee of Commerce Bancshares, Inc. Kim is a member the board of directors of the Bank Administration Institute (BAI) in Chicago. Kim also serves on the board of trustees of Missouri Baptist Medical Center and on the board of directors of the Missouri Baptist Healthcare Foundation, as well as the board of directors of Junior Achievement of Mississippi Valley and the board of trustees of Logan University. Kim graduated with honors from the Washington University Executive MBA program and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Washington University, St. Louis, MO.

Kevin G. Barth
Executive Vice President, Commercial Line of Business, Commerce Bancshares, Inc.
President, Chief Operating Officer, Commerce Bank, Kansas City Region

Kevin G. Barth is Executive Vice President of the Commercial Line of Business for Commerce Bancshares, Inc. and President and Chief Operating Officer for Commerce Bank, Kansas City Region. He is responsible for overseeing product development and policy for Commerce Bancshares, Inc.'s commercial banking operations and is a member of the Commerce Bancshares Executive Committee. Barth received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Graceland College, Lamoni, Iowa. He earned his MBA from Rockhurst College, Kansas City, MO. Barth currently serves on community boards, including The Kansas City Area Development Council, the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City. Mr. Barth also serves on the board of directors of Kansas City Life Insurance Company and Hodgdon Powder Company.

Daniel D. Callahan
Executive Vice President, Commerce Bancshares, Inc.
Chief Credit Officer and Chief Risk Officer

Daniel D. Callahan is Chief Credit Officer and Chief Risk Officer of Commerce Bancshares, Inc. He has responsibility for overseeing credit administration, lending policies and portfolio management processes to ensure the overall quality and credit culture of Commerce's lending portfolio. Callahan is a member of the Executive Committee. He holds a BSPA from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and an MBA from St. Louis University and is a graduate of the Stonier School of Banking. Callahan serves on the board of directors for Business Finance Corporation, St. Louis Society for Adults with Physical Disabilities, Missouri College Fund, and Cardinal Ritter Senior Services. He is a trustee for the St. Louis Science Center and is a director for the Western Golf Association.

Sara E. Foster
Executive Vice President, Commerce Bancshares, Inc.
Chief Human Resources Officer and Director of Internal Support Services

Sara E. Foster is Executive Vice President of Commerce Bancshares, Inc., Chief Human Resources Officer and Director of Internal Support Services. She has overall responsibility for Human Resources, Organizational Development, Legal, Compliance, Audit, Security and Flight Operations. Foster is a member of the Executive Committee of Commerce Bancshares, Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Missouri - St. Louis, MO, and a Masters in Business Administration from Washington University, St. Louis, MO. Foster serves on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri, The YMCA of Greater St. Louis and the University of Missouri –St. Louis Chancellor's Council.

Robert S. Holmes
Executive Vice President, Commerce Bancshares, Inc.
President and CEO of Commerce Bank's St. Louis Market

Robert S. Holmes is Executive Vice President of Commerce Bancshares, Inc., President and CEO of Commerce Bank, St. Louis region, and serves on the Executive Management Committee of Commerce Bancshares, Inc. Holmes oversees the bank's commercial banking activities in the St. Louis region as well as commercial offices in Cincinnati and Nashville. He holds a Master of Business Administration from St. Louis University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from University of Missouri in Columbia. Holmes is a member of University of Missouri's College of Business - Finance Advisory Board and board president of Sherwood Forest Camp, a United Way supported agency.

V. Raymond Stranghoener
Executive Vice President, Trust Line of Business, Commerce Bancshares, Inc.
President, The Commerce Trust Company, a division of Commerce Bank

Ray Stranghoener is Executive Vice President of Commerce Bancshares, Inc. and President of The Commerce Trust Company, a division of Commerce Bank. As president, he is responsible for approximately $20 billion of client assets under management in Commerce locations across Missouri, Illinois, and Kansas. He also serves on the Executive Committee of Commerce Bancshares, Inc. Stranghoener holds a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and an undergraduate degree in political science from Westminster College. He serves on the boards of the Missouri History Museum and The Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. He represents Commerce Bank in its role as trustee of the St. Louis Community Foundation.

Jeffery M. Burik
Senior Vice President, Commerce Bancshares, Inc.
Director of Commercial Card and Merchant Services

Jeff Burik is a Senior Vice President of Commerce Bancshares, Inc., Director of Commercial Card and Merchant Services, and has responsibility for payment products marketed nationally. Burik serves on the Executive Committee of Commerce Bancshares, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Emporia State University, Emporia, KS.

Michael J. Petrie
Senior Vice President, Commerce Bancshares, Inc.
Director of Community Bank Administration

Michael J. Petrie is a Senior Vice President of Commerce Bancshares, Inc., Director of Community Bank Administration, and has administrative responsibility for Community markets -- outside St. Louis and Kansas City -- in the Commerce Bank system. Petrie serves on the Executive Committee of Commerce Bancshares, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural economics from Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.

Robert J. Rauscher
Senior Vice President, Commerce Bancshares, Inc.
Director of Operations and Information Services

Robert J. Rauscher is Senior Vice President of Commerce Bancshares, Inc. and is Director of Operations and Information Services. Rauscher serves on the Executive Committee of Commerce Bancshares, Inc. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Banking and Finance from the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, and is a CBA Graduate School of Bank Management, University of Virginia.



Commerce Bancshares, Inc. Directors


Terry Bassham *
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Great Plains Energy and KCP&L

Director since February 2013. Prior to his election as its Chairman of the Board, Mr. Bassham served as CEO (since June 2012), President and Chief Operating Officer of Great Plains Energy, KCP&L, and Greater Missouri Operations from 2011-2012. Mr. Bassham originally served as KCP&L Executive Vice President of Finance and Strategic Development and more recently as Executive Vice President of Utility Operations. He graduated from the University of Texas-Arlington and earned a Juris Doctor degree from St. Mary's University Law School in San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Bassham previously practiced as a regulatory attorney and has served as an advisory director of the Company's banking subsidiary in Kansas City. He is active in the Kansas City area community and currently serves as a board member of the Kansas City Symphony, the Guadalupe Center, United Way of Greater Kansas City, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Urban Neighborhood Initiative, Linda Hall Library, Civic Council of the Greater Kansas City, Win/Win and the Edison Electric Industry Group. Mr. Bassham brings to the Board an inside perspective of the energy industry, and experience in a highly regulated industry with a publicly traded company.

John R. Capps *
Vice President of BCJ Motors, Inc
d/b/a Suntrup KIA of West County

Director since January 2000. Mr. Capps, a graduate of Stanford University, created a group of automobile dealership franchises in St. Louis County, Missouri that was acquired by Asbury Automotive Group in 1997. Mr. Capps stayed active in the acquiring company through its initial public offering. In 2011, Mr. Capps left Asbury Automotive Group to operate a new automotive dealership under BCJ Motors, Inc. Mr. Capps gives the Board a direct insight into a major line of business for the Company. He is active in the community and currently serves as a board member of St. Louis Priory School, St. Louis Children's Hospital Foundation, the St. Louis Zoo, and BackStoppers.

Earl H. Devanny, III
President of Healthcare at Nuance Communications, Inc.
Retired Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, The TriZetto Group, Inc.

Director since April 2010. Mr. Devanny is a former advisory director of Commerce Bank and has extensive experience with regulated industries. Mr. Devanny holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of the South (Sewanee). Mr. Devanny served as the CEO of The TriZetto Group from July 2010 to May 2013. Prior to The TriZetto, Mr. Devanny was President of Cerner Corporation from August 1999 to July 2010. This experience brings a professional insight into the healthcare industry, one of the Company's most important target industries for financial services.

W. Thomas Grant II
President of SelectQuote Senior

Director since June 1983. Mr. Grant served as a Consultant of Quest Diagnostics from 2007-2010, Chief Executive Officer of LabOne, Inc. from 1995 through the sale of the company to Quest Diagnostics in 2005, where he served as Senior Vice President until 2007. During his tenure, the company grew from a market capitalization of less than $80 million to $934 million at the time of sale. Prior to LabOne, Mr. Grant was the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer at Seafield Capital Corporation, a healthcare holding company, from 1990 to1995. From 1986 to 1990, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Business Men's Assurance Company, an insurance company. Mr. Grant received a Bachelor's degree in History from the University of Kansas and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the Wharton School of Finance, University of Pennsylvania, and brings to the Board an insight into the insurance and healthcare industries.

James B. Hebenstreit *
Chairman & Chief Executive, Bartlett and Company

Director since October 1987. Mr. Hebenstreit graduated from Harvard College and has an M.B.A. from Harvard University. Mr. Hebenstreit has a wealth of experience in the financial industry, having served as Chief Financial Officer of the Company and as President of the Company's venture capital firm in the 1980's. As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bartlett and Company, Mr. Hebenstreit provides insight into the agricultural industry that has long been a major focus of business for the Company.

David W. Kemper
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Commerce Bancshares, Inc.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Commerce Bank

Director since February 1982. Mr. Kemper has been the Chairman and CEO of the Company since 1991 and was President of the Company from 1982 until February, 2013. He graduated cum laude from Harvard College, earned a masters degree in English Literature from Oxford University, and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is the Past President of the Federal Advisory council to the Federal Reserve Board. Mr. Kemper is active in the St. Louis community, serving as a board member of Washington University in St. Louis, the Missouri Botanical Garden, the St. Louis Art Museum, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, and a member of Civic Progress in St. Louis. Mr. Kemper brings to the Board a thorough understanding of the financial industry and an appreciation of the values upon which the Company was founded.

Jonathan M. Kemper
Vice Chairman, Commerce Bancshares, Inc.
Vice Chairman, Commerce Bank

Director since February 1997. Mr. Kemper has executive responsibilities for the Capital Markets Group business lines, and for Company operations and information technology. After graduating from Harvard, Mr. Kemper remained to receive an M.B.A. from Harvard University's Graduate School of Business. Prior to working for the Company, Mr. Kemper held various positions in the financial industry in New York and Chicago, including positions with Citicorp, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and M. A. Schapiro and Company. Mr. Kemper currently serves on the Federal Advisory Council to the Federal Reserve Board. Mr. Kemper is involved in several community and business organizations in addition to his responsibilities at the Company. Mr. Kemper is a recognized community leader in one of the Company's largest markets and also brings expertise in current and emerging technologies to the Board.

Terry O. Meek
President, Meek Lumber Yard, Inc.

Director since April 1989. Mr. Meek is a University of Notre Dame graduate with a degree in finance. As a resident of Springfield, Missouri, Mr. Meek brings a perspective from one of the Company's mid-sized markets. Mr. Meek's business experience includes responsibility for thirty retail lumber yards in Missouri and northwestern Arkansas, and includes operating lumber yards in northern California and Nevada. Mr. Meek's business experience also offers a unique perspective on the housing industry.

Benjamin F. Rassieur III *
President, Paulo Products Company

Director since August 1997. Mr. Rassieur is President of a successful, private company that performs heat treating and metal finishing at five plants in three states. His business provides a leading indicator of general economic conditions. Mr. Rassieur graduated cum laude from Amherst College with a degree in economics. He has been a director of Commerce Bank and has been a long time member of the Company's Audit Committee, and is the current Chairman of the Audit Committee. His community involvement includes being a founding member of the Corporate Committee of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

Todd R. Schnuck *
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Schnuck Markets, Inc.

Director since April 2010. As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Schnuck Markets, Inc., Mr. Schnuck brings to the Board a unique perspective from a consumer driven industry that faces many of the same issues that we face, such as selection of retail locations, geographic expansion, and customer loyalty. With stores in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin, Schnuck Markets, Inc. operates in much of the same footprint as the Company. A graduate of the University of Virginia with an M.B.A. from Cornell, Mr. Schnuck had several years' experience in the investment banking profession before joining the family-owned business and serving as its President, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Operating Officer prior to his current position. Mr. Schnuck has previously served as an advisory director of Commerce Bank.

Andrew C. Taylor
Executive Chairman, Enterprise Holdings, Inc. (formerly Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company)

Director since February 1990. Mr. Taylor has led Enterprise Holdings and its operating subsidiaries (collectively "Enterprise"), to the position of the largest rental car provider in the world. He has public company board experience and is actively engaged in community service and philanthropic activities in the St. Louis area. His company is ranked high in customer satisfaction and as a place to work and start a career. Mr. Taylor is also the Executive Chairman of Enterprise Fleet Management, Inc., which leases over 300,000 vehicles to small and medium sized business. Managing credit risk is an important component of this business. Mr. Taylor is a graduate of the University of Denver with a degree in business administration.

Kimberly G. Walker *
Chief Investment Officer, Washington University in St. Louis

Director since February 2007. Ms. Walker holds an M.B.A. in finance, with distinction, from the University of Michigan, an M.A. in economics from Washington University in St. Louis, and a B.A. in economics and public administration from Miami University of Ohio, where she graduated magna cum laude. Ms. Walker also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. She has extensive experience in institutional asset management and has knowledge of internal controls and audit committee functions.

* Members of Audit Committee