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Linda D. Forte retires from Comerica Bank, passes baton to Nathaniel Bennett

On June 22, 2016

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DALLAS – Comerica's Senior Vice President of Business Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer Linda D. Forte is retiring in August 2016 following a 42-year career with the bank.

Comerica Senior Vice President of Talent Acquisition Nathaniel Bennett has been named as Comerica's new Chief Diversity Officer. In addition to his new responsibilities, Bennett will continue his role as the leader of talent acquisition at Comerica. 

"I have been blessed with a career in which I could fulfill my passion to empower others," said Forte, who has helped define and drive business strategies to establish Comerica as a leader in diversity and work life practices. "It has been a privilege to help raise appreciation and support for the diverse members of our community, as well as make our communities better through corporate contributions and volunteerism."

Under Linda's leadership, Comerica has contributed millions of dollars to nonprofits in the communities it serves, providing meaningful community volunteer opportunities, and made its diversity program one of the best and most recognized in the country, said Ralph W. Babb, Jr., chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

"Diversity and community involvement are core values at Comerica," said Babb. "As Chief Diversity Officer, Nathan will reinforce our deep commitment to a diverse workforce, community and customer base. This fits perfectly with Nathan's focus on talent acquisition, since we know that when our workforce truly reflects the demographics of our markets, we will better serve our customers, grow our business and build an even stronger organization." 

Bennett, who has 12 years of experience in financial services and nearly 20 years of experience in recruitment and selection, joined the bank as a vice president of Corporate Human Resources in 2009, responsible for the bank's Texas market staffing. He has been involved with Comerica's diversity program ever since, most recently assisting the bank's employee resource network groups, including its Veteran Leadership Network, in attracting veteran and other talent to Comerica.

Bennett was promoted to senior vice president in 2010, with responsibility for all Talent Acquisition at Comerica. He earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Rice University in Houston, Texas.

"When I joined Comerica, I recognized immediately the robustness and vigor around our diversity and inclusion efforts, and I am very enthusiastic about carrying that baton forward," he said. "Like Linda and the Comerica management team, I believe in fostering an environment that celebrates the wonderful differences among our colleagues and customers, thereby making us a stronger company." 

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