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Section 1: 8-K (8-K)

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Washington, D.C. 20549


Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):  October 29, 2019

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
File Number)
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)

One E. Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona  85004
 (Address of principal executive offices)               (Zip Code)

(602) 389-3500
(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)

Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each class
Trading Symbol(s)
Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $0.0001 Par Value
New York Stock Exchange
6.25% Subordinated Debentures due 2056
New York Stock Exchange

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).
Emerging growth company

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ¨

Item 5.02    Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
On October 29, 2019, James Haught, the President and Chief Operating Officer of Western Alliance Bancorporation (the “Company”), resigned from the Company effective immediately.  Following Mr. Haught’s departure, Kenneth Vecchione will serve as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, and assume the responsibilities of principal operating officer.  Mr. Haught’s remaining responsibilities will be assumed by other executives within the Company, including Tim Boothe, Division President - Bridge Bank, who will be promoted to Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for technology and other banking operations.
In connection with his departure, the Company expects to enter into a separation and release agreement with Mr. Haught, the terms of which have not yet been finalized.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

/s/ Dale Gibbons
Dale Gibbons
Vice Chairman and
Chief Financial Officer
November 1, 2019

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