Fifth Third Bancorp hired Scott Silvas as Texas market president, expanding its commercial banking capabilities in the region.

Based in Houston, Silvas will be responsible for building teams in Houston and Dallas to support the needs of middle-market companies across the state. Silvas brings more than 15 years of banking experience to the role and will report to Tom Heiks, executive vice president and head of middle-market banking for Fifth Third.

“Scott knows the market well and understands client needs unique to the area,” said Heiks. “He also has experience in recruiting top talent within the market. This positions him well to lead Fifth Third’s efforts in developing a strong commercial bank in Texas and we’re excited to have local leadership on board.”

The position also builds upon Fifth Third’s well-established commercial vertical and market expansion strategy, including the bank’s recent hiring of Joe Yurosek as its market president for California.

Silvas joins Fifth Third from JP Morgan Chase, where he served as executive director and managing market executive for the Houston Middle Market Group since 2014. Prior to that, he held various roles with JP Morgan since 2010. Silvas began his career in 2003 with Bank of Texas, part of BOK Financial.