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Gateway First Bank Appoints Communications Executive

Melissa BogleGateway First Bank (Gateway), one of the largest banks in Oklahoma has appointed Melissa Bogle as Director of Corporate Communications. In this role, Bogle will be responsible for defining and executing the corporate communications strategy, including internal and external communications across traditional, digital, and social media platforms.

“Melissa will play a major role on the executive team leading our corporate communications and public relations efforts in telling the story of Gateway First’s development and growth,” said Stephen Curry, CEO, Gateway. “With more than 30 years of experience as a corporate communications leader, Melissa will be a vital component of our executive team.”

Working closely with senior management and other company leaders, Bogle will be responsible for the execution of the company’s public relations function to position the team as strategic partners. She will represent the company to a variety of audiences, including the company’s Board of Directors, news media, legislators, internal personnel, the business community, and community organizations.

Gateway said that Bogle has been a community leader serving in executive roles, primarily in the healthcare and legal sectors. She is an experienced leader specializing in business development, strategic planning, marketing, public relations, media relations, and special project leadership.

“I am thrilled for the opportunity to work with a national team who are strengthening families across the country through homeownership and financial services,” Bogle said. “There is such positive momentum with the recent merger and acquisition that created Gateway First Bank.  I can’t wait to be part of the company’s transformation and witness all of the future successes at Gateway.”

Bogle brings a diverse array of strengths and a plethora of corporate communications successes to the Gateway First Bank team, the company said in a statement.  She has directly generated several million dollars in free publicity during her career by working with local, national, and international media outlets.

Bogle has also spearheaded corporate strategic planning efforts for the past 15 years, including overseeing the implementation and measurement of strategies. Active in the community, she is the current chair of Women United, a 2,000-member affinity group of the Tulsa Area United Way, and a graduate of Leadership Tulsa Class 18. She received her Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications with a Marketing Minor from Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma.

About Author: Radhika Ojha

Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas.

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