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2018 A. Leon Higginbotham Corporate Leadership Honoree – William S. Demchak, PNC


William S. Demchak is chairman, president and chief executive officer of The PNC Financial Services Group, one of the largest diversified financial services companies in the United States.

Demchak joined PNC in 2002 as chief financial officer. In July 2005, he was named head of PNC’s Corporate & Institutional Banking, in 2009 was promoted to senior vice chairman and in August 2010 was named head of PNC businesses. He was elected president in April 2012, chief executive officer in April 2013 and chairman in April 2014.

Before joining PNC in 2002, Demchak served as the global head of Structured Finance and Credit Portfolio for JP Morgan Chase. He also held key leadership roles at JP Morgan prior to its merger with the Chase Manhattan Corporation in 2000. He was actively involved in developing JP Morgan’s strategic agenda and was a member of the company’s capital and credit risk committees.

Demchak is director of BlackRock, Inc. He is also a member of the board of directors of The Financial Services Roundtable, chairman of the board of The Clearing House and a member of The Business Council. In addition, he serves on the boards of directors of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, Extra Mile Education Foundation, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the YMCA of Pittsburgh.

Demchak received a bachelor of science degree from Allegheny College and earned an MBA with an emphasis in accounting from the University of Michigan.

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