TORONTO, April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - CIBC (TSX:CM)(NYSE:CM) President and CEO Gerry McCaughey today announced his intention to retire, effective April 30, 2016. "As I close in on a decade as CEO, I wanted to announce my retirement well in advance of my departure, thus giving CIBC's Board sufficient time to complete its normal succession process, which is now well underway," said Mr. McCaughey. Charles Sirois, CIBC's Chairman of the Board, said: "Gerry has made significant and lasting contributions over his many years of service to CIBC. In particular, he showed exemplary leadership through the financial crisis and in the years since then, returning CIBC to consistent, sustainable and profitable growth, while building a business platform and capital base that positions CIBC very well for the future. The Board has a succession process underway and is committed to ensuring a seamless transition to new leadership while continuing to deliver value to all of our stakeholders." Under Mr. McCaughey's leadership, CIBC has strengthened its balance sheet and business mix, focused on strong risk management, increased its focus on its customers, and created a strong work environment that prizes excellence, diversity and integrity. During his tenure, CIBC has been recognized, among other things, as one of The World's Strongest Banks, one of Canada's Top 100 Employers, one of Canada's Top 10 Corporate Cultures, one of the Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada, and one of the Best Employers for New Canadians. Mr. McCaughey, was named one of the 50 most influential leaders in the world for 2012 by Bloomberg Markets Magazine and one of Canada's 50 Most Powerful People by Maclean's magazine. "When I became CEO we charted a path to strengthen CIBC's balance sheet, refocus on our core businesses and improve our efficiency. Six years after the global financial crisis, CIBC is now stronger than ever," said Mr. McCaughey. "Thanks to the leadership team and the 43,000 employees of CIBC, our businesses are performing well and delivering strong and consistent returns for our shareholders. Because of their collective and sustained efforts, CIBC is among the strongest banks in the world and is well positioned for the next phase of its growth and development. I will continue to lead the execution of our strategy while the Board completes its work on succession."