Harold Ford, Jr. assumed the role of vice chairman of corporate and institutional banking (C&IB), reporting to Michael Lyons, head of C&IB, at PNC Financial Services Group.

In this position, Ford will be responsible for new business development and cultivating senior client relationships across all segments within the C&IB line of business. He also will help lead initiatives focused on further growing PNC’s C&IB businesses nationally.

“We are fortunate to have Harold on our team, who joins us with a tremendous background and diversified experiences,” Lyons said. “There is no doubt that our business and our clients will benefit from Harold’s advice, counsel and expertise, and we are looking forward to what he will bring to PNC as we continue to build a coast-to-coast franchise.”

Ford has more than 25 years of political and financial industry experience in both the public and private sector.  He served in Congress from 1997 through 2007, representing Tennessee’s 9th Congressional District. During his time in Washington, he also was a member of the House Financial Services, Budget and Education Committees as well as the Blue Dog coalition and Congressional Black Caucus. He continues to be an active member of Issue One – an organization of former senators, governors, and members of Congress committed to reform the U.S. political and campaign systems.

Following his service in Congress, Ford taught public policy at Vanderbilt and the University of Michigan and worked in the private sector. He spent 11 years in leadership roles at both Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley. He also has worked as a political commentator for both MSNBC and Fox News Channel and he continues to provide political commentary for several networks.

Ford currently serves on the board of directors of Live Oak Acquisition Corporation as well as the Lincoln Center, The POSSE Foundation and the River Fund New York. He will be based in New York City.