Mr. Dodig will succeed Gerry McCaughey on September 15, 2014TORONTO, July 31, 2014 /CNW/ - CIBC's (TSX: CM) (NYSE: CM) Board of Directors announced today it has selected Victor Dodig as the bank's next President and Chief Executive Officer, effective September 15, 2014. Mr. Dodig is the Senior Executive Vice-President, CIBC and Group Head, Wealth Management. He succeeds Gerry McCaughey, who will retire as of September 15, 2014. "Following a robust succession planning process, the Board has appointed Victor Dodig as CEO to lead the continued execution of CIBC's strategy and drive long-term, sustainable growth," said Charles Sirois, Chair of the Board. "In addition to his broad understanding of the Canadian banking business, Victor has played an integral leadership role within CIBC Retail Markets and Wealth Management. He has a deep understanding of CIBC's strategy, culture and opportunities, and has demonstrated his ability to complement CIBC's organic growth plan with acquisitions and investments that align to the bank's risk profile. Victor is attuned to the continuing evolution of the financial services space and is well positioned to execute a vision that will see the bank build on its current successes. " Mr. Dodig has a broad-based business background and extensive expertise in wealth management and retail banking. Under his leadership, Wealth Management grew significantly through organic growth in Canada and through acquisitions in the U.S. over the past 3 years such as Atlantic Trust and a 41% investment in American Century. As Group Head, Wealth Management, Mr. Dodig has responsibility for CIBC Wood Gundy, CIBC Investor's Edge, CIBC Private Wealth Management, Atlantic Trust, and CIBC Asset Management, which includes CIBC's mutual fund company and investment management activities in Canada and the U.S. Mr. Dodig also has wide-ranging experience in retail banking. He began his career working in CIBC's branch system as a customer service representative while attending university, and later rose through increasing levels of responsibility at CIBC to lead CIBC's retail banking distribution and sales team from 2007 to 2011. Prior to joining CIBC, Mr. Dodig was Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer in Canada for UBS Global Asset Management. Earlier in his career, he spent five years as Managing Director in Canada, the US and the UK for Merrill Lynch and Company, where he gained international experience, following three years as a Management Consultant with McKinsey and Company. Mr. Dodig is a past recipient of Canada's Top 40 Under 40 TM award. He holds an MBA from Harvard University where he was a Baker Scholar, and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto ( St. Michael's College). "I feel privileged that the Board has asked me to lead CIBC into the next phase of its growth and development," said Mr. Dodig. "CIBC has a strong foundation for long-term success, with a strong capital base, leading retail and wholesale banking franchises, and a strong North American wealth management platform. I am excited to build on the positive momentum of this great bank. Above all, I am committed to creating value and opportunity for our clients, our shareholders and our employees."