CIBC appoints Katharine Stevenson as Chair of the Board


TORONTO,¬†Dec. 3, 2020¬†/CNW/ –¬†CIBC (TSX: CM) (NYSE: CM) announced today the appointment of¬†Katharine B. Stevenson¬†as Chair of the Board, effective upon her election as a director at CIBC’s Annual Meeting on¬†April 8, 2021.

Ms. Stevenson has been an independent director of CIBC since 2011. She will succeed The Honourable John P. Manley, who will retire from the Board at the next annual meeting, after six years as Chair and 16 years as a CIBC director.

Katharine Stevenson
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“I am deeply honoured to succeed Mr. Manley as Chair,” said Ms. Stevenson. “His guidance has helped CIBC successfully navigate a period of significant change in the financial services industry, and his efforts to champion inclusion have been instrumental in further strengthening the bank’s culture. I appreciate the Board’s confidence and look forward to working with my fellow directors and our talented management team to advance our strategic priorities and build on the progress that was made under John’s leadership.”

“Kate’s strong leadership skills, deep experience in the financial services industry, and forward thinking approach to emerging issues and opportunities will enable CIBC to continue to help clients achieve their ambitions and drive growth in the years ahead,” said Mr. Manley.

Ms. Stevenson has extensive corporate governance experience having served on numerous public company and not-for-profit boards in¬†Canada¬†and the U.S. over the past two decades, where she has consistently assumed leadership roles. Previously, she was a financial executive in the telecommunications and banking sectors. In addition to CIBC, Ms. Stevenson is currently a director of Open Text, Capital Power, and¬†St. Michael’s¬†Hospital Foundation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from¬†Harvard University. In 2018, Ms. Stevenson was recognized as one of¬†Canada’s¬†Top 100 Most Powerful Women.