CIBC president and CEO, Victor Dodig, completed a series of senior leadership appointments to further the bank’s client-focused strategy.

“We have built a modern, relationship-oriented bank that is positioned to further our momentum through the execution of our client-focused strategy,” Dodig said. “Our highly connected and purpose-led team has been a key driver of our success, and the leadership changes we are announcing today will position our bank well to further our momentum and deliver relative outperformance. Each of these leaders have built deep industry expertise and strong leadership and exemplify our purpose-led culture.”

Mike Capatides, senior executive vice-president and group head, U.S. region, and president and CEO, CIBC Bank USA, will be transitioning to the role of vice-chair, CIBC Bank USA, focused on developing and deepening client relationships. Capatides has been an important part of the bank for more than 25 years, including as CAO and general counsel and his oversight of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, as well as strategy and corporate development.

“Under Mike’s leadership, we have expanded our US business and built a strong North American platform for growth, and he has been a trusted advisor and we look forward to his continued involvement with our clients moving forward,” Dodig said.

Shawn Beber will assume the role of senior executive vice-president and group head, U.S. Region, and president and CEO, CIBC Bank USA, and its U.S. bank holding company. Beber will be based in Chicago where he will continue efforts to build a strong and growing cross-border platform for clients. He most recently served as chief risk officer, and previously held senior roles with CIBC including general counsel, head of strategy and corporate development, and head of U.S. capital markets.  Beber was also instrumental in the acquisition of The PrivateBank in 2017 and played a lead role in the integration to build the growth platform we have today.

“Shawn brings deep understanding of our bank, proven execution experience on both sides of the border, and a strong client and relationship focus which will be key as we continue building on our momentum in serving the private economy in North America,” Dodig said.

Frank Guse will take on the role of senior executive vice-president and chief risk officer and join CIBC’s executive committee. Guse has deep experience in both risk and business roles. Most recently he served as executive vice-president, strategy and transformation, personal and business banking. He previously led key risk management functions including risk analytics, reporting and credit decisioning. Prior to joining CIBC, he gained global experience with McKinsey & Company in Germany where he focused on risk management.

“Frank’s global expertise in all facets of risk management, coupled with his experience delivering transformative initiatives and strategic perspective, position him well for his new role and will make him an excellent addition to our Executive Committee,” Dodig said.

Continuing in their current roles on CIBC’s executive committee are: Harry Culham, Laura Dottori-Attanasio, Jon Hountalas, Christina Kramer, Kikelomo Lawal, Hratch Panossian and Sandy Sharman.