Laird M. Boulden, a 30-plus-year veteran of the banking and finance industry, is Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of CapitalSource. Prior to CapitalSource joining forces with Pacific Western Bank in 2014, Mr. Boulden served as President of CapitalSource and Chief Lending Officer of CapitalSource Bank. Prior to these appointments, Mr. Boulden served as President of the Corporate Asset Finance group and the Corporate Finance group.
Prior to joining CapitalSource, Mr. Boulden was Co-founder of Tygris Commercial Finance where he served as President of Tygris Asset Finance and was a member of the Executive Leadership team. Prior to Tygris, Mr. Boulden served as President and CEO of RBS Asset Finance, Inc. a division of RBS Citizens, N.A., and as a member of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, which he founded in 2001. Mr. Boulden oversaw three business lines for Citizens Financial Group including Asset Finance, ABL, and Dealer Finance with a combined total of approximately $10.5 billion in assets. Mr. Boulden served on the executive leadership team of both RBS US and Citizens Bank.
In 1992, Mr. Boulden co-founded Heller Financial’s Commercial Equipment Finance Group where he served as its President. He is a long-time member of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, previously serving as its Vice Chairman, and was a long-term member of the ELFA’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee.