Enhanced focus on institutional investor business announced as part of business segment and management changesTORONTO, Sept. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - Today RBC announced changes to its business segments, effective October 31, 2012. RBC's business segments for financial reporting purposes will be: Investor & Treasury Services; Personal & Commercial Banking; Capital Markets; Wealth Management; and Insurance. Investor & Treasury Services is a newly created business segment that will include RBC Investor Services, Global Financial Institutions and Treasury Services. It will bring together RBC capabilities key to serving the needs of institutional investing clients and will provide custodial, advisory, financing and other services for clients to safeguard assets, maximize liquidity and manage risk in multiple jurisdictions around the world. Clients include financial institutions, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies, asset managers, hedge funds and pension funds. The segment also brings together treasury services. Harry Samuel will assume the responsibilities of head, Investor & Treasury Services and will report to Doug McGregor and Mark Standish. José Placido will continue in his role as chief executive officer, RBC Investor Services. Personal & CommercialBanking, which, in addition to all Canadian banking businesses (Personal Financial Services, Business Financial Services and Cards and Payment Solutions), will include Caribbean Banking and U.S. Banking. Dave McKay, currently group head, Canadian Banking, will take on responsibility for Caribbean Banking and U.S. Banking. We will continue to provide selected financial information for Canadian Banking, Caribbean and U.S. Banking consistent with our current disclosure. "These changes reflect our goal to grow our investor and custody franchise, which is attractive because of its low risk profile and stable revenue streams," said Gordon M. Nixon, RBC president and chief executive officer. "And by bringing together all of our retail banking businesses, we can leverage our domestic banking expertise internationally." Capital Markets will include Global Markets and Corporate and Investment Banking, and will exclude Global Financial Institutions and Treasury Services. Doug McGregor and Mark Standish continue to be responsible for Capital Markets as co-group heads of this business segment. Wealth Management, which remains a business segment, will continue to include Canadian Wealth Management, U.S. and International Wealth Management and Global Asset Management. George Lewis, currently group head, Wealth Management, continues to have responsibility for this segment. Insurance will also remain a business segment and includes Canadian Insurance and International and Other Insurance. Neil Skelding will continue as president and chief executive officer of RBC Insurance and report to George Lewis. After 17 years with RBC, Jim Westlake, group head, International Banking and Insurance, has announced his intention to retire later this year. "Jim has made many contributions to RBC's success throughout his career, and I want to thank him for his commitment and leadership," said Mr. Nixon. Mr. Westlake will advise and support in the transition of the International Banking and Insurance businesses to other segments as outlined above. The transition of management responsibilities are expected to be completed by October 31, 2012. About RBC Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) and its subsidiaries operate under the master brand name RBC. We are Canada's largest bank as measured by assets and market capitalization, and are among the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization. We are one of North America's leading diversified financial services companies, and provide personal and commercial banking, wealth management services, insurance, corporate and investment banking and investor services on a global basis. We employ approximately 80,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 15 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 51 other countries. For more information, please visit rbc.com. CAUTION REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS Certain statements contained in this press release may be deemed to be forward-looking statements under certain securities laws, including the "safe harbor" provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and any applicable Canadian securities legislation. 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