RBC today announced the appointment of Greg Carmichael as executive chair of the board of directors of City National Bank, effective October 2, 2023. Mr. Carmichael will provide dedicated strategic oversight and board governance to City National as it strengthens its platform for the future as a leading U.S. private and commercial bank.
“We’re pleased to have an executive of Greg’s calibre join City National, and are confident his strong track record of strategic, operational and technological success will help strengthen our foundation for future growth,” said Dave McKay, president & CEO, RBC. “City National has had a period of significant expansion since RBC acquired it in 2015, and is part of our long-term growth strategy in the U.S., our second home market. Greg brings a client-centered and digital-first mindset, underpinned by exceptional operational expertise, that will be key to driving performance.”
Greg Carmichael is a highly respected banking veteran who brings extensive experience to the City National Board. Most recently he was executive chair of the board of directors of Fifth Third Bancorp, the ninth-largest U.S.-based consumer bank, where he also served seven years as CEO and 10 years as president. During his time as CEO, he oversaw significant growth in assets and built a reputation for a strong focus on customers and leading-edge innovation.
Mr. Carmichael has a deep background in both technology and operations, having served as chief operating officer at the bank for nine years, as well as chief information officer (CIO) from 2003 to 2008. He was also Global CIO of Emerson Electric and CIO of subsidiaries of General Electric. In recognition of his leadership on environmental, social and governance issues, and his commitment to diversity and inclusion, 3BL Media named him 2021 Responsible CEO of the Year. He holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Dayton and a Master of Science from Central Michigan University. Mr. Carmichael will report directly to Dave McKay. Kelly Coffey, CEO of City National Bank, will report to Mr. Carmichael as she continues her focus on driving strategy, leading a client-focused organization, executing on operational plans and leading 6,600 colleagues. Mr. Carmichael will have a secondary reporting line accountability to Derek Neldner, CEO and group head of RBC Capital Markets, who is also CEO and chair of RBC U.S. Group Holdings, LLC, RBC’s intermediate holding company in the U.S.
“I’m honoured to join City National at this important time for the company as it plans for its next phase,” said Greg Carmichael. “With great people, outstanding client relationships, and backed by the strength and breadth of RBC, City National has exciting potential. I look forward to working with Kelly Coffey and the impressive team under her leadership.”
“I’d like to thank Doug Guzman, who served as board chair of City National for the interim period since March 2022, in addition to his other responsibilities leading our global wealth management businesses, insurance and investor services,” said Mr. McKay. “During his time as chair, Doug significantly strengthened governance, building out the board’s expertise, experience and diversity. Under his guidance, City National leveraged more of the strengths, scale and expertise from across RBC for clients and employees.”
Mr. Guzman, group head of Wealth Management & Insurance at RBC, will remain on the City National board.
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About City National
With $96 billion in assets, City National Bank provides banking, investment and trust services through 69 branches, including 21 full-service regional centers, in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, Nevada, New York City, Nashville, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and Miami. In addition, the company and its investment affiliates manage or administer $98 billion in client investment assets. City National is a subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC).
For more information about City National, visit the company’s website at cnb.com.
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