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Fifth Third Names BofA Exec as Chief Risk and Credit Officer

June 11, 2013, 06:59 AM

Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB) announced that it has named Frank Forrest as chief risk and credit officer, effective September 2013.

Forrest will join Fifth Third from Bank of America where he has held numerous positions over the past 25 years in credit and risk management, including Global Debt Products Executive and Commercial Banking Risk Management Executive.

Forrest brings broad-based credit and operational risk management experience across multiple lines of business, including commercial and corporate banking, small business, commercial real estate, leasing, auto dealer finance and investment banking. In his career, Forrest has led change initiatives related to risk management structure, end-to-end credit delivery processes, and acquisition integration. Prior to joining Bank of America, Forrest worked at the U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency as a national bank examiner. Forrest graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and finance.

In his new role, Forrest will report to Kevin T. Kabat, vice chairman and CEO of Fifth Third.

“Frank’s extensive experience and his breadth of knowledge in the banking industry will help us continue to deepen our risk management disciplines,” Kabat said. “He brings extensive leadership experience in a broad set of businesses of relevance to Fifth Third Bank.”

In the chief risk officer position, Forrest succeeds Paul Reynolds, current chief risk officer, who will retire at the end of the year. Kabat said, “Paul’s many contributions to Fifth Third in a variety of roles, and his counsel to me over the years have been of immense value to our company, and we all thank him for his dedicated service and wish him well.” Forrest also fills the open chief credit officer position.

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