PNC names Demchak as new CEO
James Rohr will step down as CEO of PNC Bank after 13 years in which he presided over tremendous growth and steered the bank through the worst downturn in the economy since the Great Depression.
Rohr, 64, who will stay on as executive chairman of PNC starting April 23 for one year before retiring, told employees in an internal message on Thursday that in being PNC's chief executive, “There was no more challenging or rewarding job in the industry.”
In a long-anticipated move, PNC named William Demchak its new CEO. Demchak has been the Downtown-based bank's president since last year.
Rohr joined PNC in 1972 and has been at the bank's helm since May 2000. Since then, the bank:
• More than doubled employment, from 26,000 people to 56,000
• Nearly quadrupled the number of states in which it has branches, from five to 19 and the District of Columbia
• Quadrupled assets, from $74.3 billion to $305.1 billion
Rohr was not available for comment. He steered PNC through the global financial crisis of 2008 and 2009, acquiring Cleveland-based National City Corp. in 2008. PNC added the American retail banking operation of Royal Bank of Canada in 2011.
That growth demanded more office space Downtown, and Rohr made the 2011 announcement that PNC would build a $400 million skyscraper that is expected to open in 2015.
Rohr's move will “ensure a smooth transition,” PNC said.
Demchak, 50, a Pittsburgh native, was not available for comment, PNC spokesman Fred Solomon said.
“Bill has demonstrated exceptional leadership since joining PNC in 2002,” Rohr said in a prepared statement.
“As president, he drove customer growth by successfully aligning our businesses to deliver the entire company for our clients,” Rohr said. “His candor and work ethic have earned him the trust of employees and investors, and the confidence of PNC's board. He deserves the opportunity to steer PNC into the future.”
Demchak joined PNC as vice chairman and chief financial officer from JPMorgan Chase & Co., where he was global head of structured finance and credit portfolio.
He was named senior vice chairman in September 2010 to supervise all of PNC's businesses, adding asset management and retail banking to his responsibilities.
In April, Demchak was promoted to president in a move widely seen as evidence he was next in line to be CEO of the nation's seventh-largest bank.
He is a graduate of Fox Chapel High School and Allegheny College in Meadville. He has a master's of business administration from the University of Michigan.
PNC announced Demchak's promotion after stock markets closed on Thursday. PNC shares were up 13 cents a share to $64 in after-hours trading.
Rohr received $16.6 million in total compensation in 2011, the most recent year for which PNC released executive compensation. Demchak was paid $9.3 million.
Alex Nixon is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7928 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Add Alex Nixon to your Google+ circles.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Pittsburgh’s tech startup activity rates last of 40 metro areas in report
- After years of downsizing, big houses make comeback
- New J.C. Penney CEO comes from middle-income America
- How to land that 1st job after college
- Corporate America speaking out on social issues, getting results
- Floating homes offer ‘affordable’ option in San Francisco area
- Truffle dogs sniff out pungent fungus prized by foodies
- Pope’s South American homecoming to spotlight poor, environment
- Halliburton to close Indiana County office
- Obama overtime proposal slammed
- Pending home sales in U.S. climb to 9-year high