John Cunnison has been appointed vice president, chief investment officer at Baker Boyer Bank.

The promotion was effective Jan. 1.

Cunnison moves into the position after serving the last roughly five years as senior portfolio manager for the Walla Walla bank.

“We hold the utmost trust in John’s capabilities to lead the bank’s investments, and we all congratulate him on this accomplishment,” said Baker Boyer President and CEO Mark Kajita in a prepared statement.

Cunnsion joined Baker Boyer in 2006 and has held roles with its business banking and investment management and trust services. He has a bachelor’s from Whitman College and a master’s degree in Pacific international affairs from the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego. Before joining Baker Boyer, he served as a senior consultant in Ernst & Young’s customs and international trade practice, and he lived and worked in China for five years. There he served as a research manager for a pharmaceutical consulting firm.

Cunnison is a CFA charterholder. The mission of CFA Institute is to lead the investment profession globally by promoting the highest standards of ethics, education and professional excellence for the

ultimate benefit of society.

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Vicki covers business and economic development, including tourism, the Port of Walla Walla and the Strictly Business column, as well as features. She has been reporting for the Union-Bulletin since late 2001.

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