SAN FRANCISCO – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) –Bank of the First Republic (NYSE: FRC) The Board of Directors today announced leadership transitions effective January 1, 2022.
Founder, Chairman and Co-CEO Jim Herbert will take medical leave from his leadership role in response to a recent medical referral regarding a coronary artery condition. This leave is in accordance with First Republic Bank policies and will begin on January 1, 2022, for a period currently estimated at six months. Herbert will also be stepping down from the board during this time and is expected to be reappointed to the board upon his return.
“Jim is now the third longest-serving CEO of the S&P 500, âsaid Reynold Levy, Lead Independent Director. “He has built a unique culture, consistent profitability and incredible value for our customers, colleagues and shareholders since the founding of First Republic over 36 years ago. The Board of Directors fully supports Jim’s decision to step away from the stress of daily operations and focus on his health.
Hafize Gaye Erkan will continue to serve as Co-CEO and take on additional responsibilities. Erkan has been a part of the management team since joining First Republic in 2014. She was appointed President in 2017, Board member in 2019 and Co-CEO in 2021. Previously, she worked at Goldman Sachs, as Managing Director and Head of Financial Institutions. Group Strats and has over 20 years of experience in finance and banking.
“I am extremely proud of the caring, sincere and customer-centric culture of First Republic, âsaid Jim Herbert, Founder, President and Co-CEO. “As a long-time shareholder, I have full confidence in Gaye alongside our formidable management team, the continued consistency and stability of our business model and, most importantly, exceptional colleagues who put every effort into bring our culture and our customers to the fore.
The Board of Directors has appointed Mike Roffler as Chairman, effective January 1, 2022. Roffler joined the company in 2009 and has been its Chief Financial Officer since 2015, with over 25 years of accounting and banking experience including as a partner at KPMG. He will also continue to serve as Chief Financial Officer for an interim period.
“We are delighted to promote Mike to the position of President, âsaid George Parker, Board Member. “Mike has been an instrumental cultural and strategic leader at First Republic for over a decade. He is well regarded by shareholders, clients and colleagues, and is a key member of our management team. ”
Effective January 1, 2022, George GC Parker will assume the role of Interim Chairman of the Board of Directors. Parker has been a member of the First Republic Board of Directors since 2003. He is Professor Emeritus at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he taught finance and banking for over 30 years. With extensive experience serving on boards of directors and presidents, Parker previously served on the boards of Continental Airlines and Threshold Pharmaceuticals, Inc., among others.
About First Republic Bank
Founded in 1985, First Republic and its subsidiaries provide private banking, corporate private banking and private wealth management services, including investment, trust and brokerage services. First Republic specializes in providing exceptional relationship services and offers a full range of products, including residential, business and personal loans, deposit services and wealth management. Services are offered through preferred banking or wealth management offices primarily in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Newport Beach and San Diego, California; Portland, Oregon; Boston, Massachusetts; Palm Beach, Florida; Greenwich, Connecticut; New York, New York; and Jackson, Wyoming. First Republic is included in the S&P 500 Index and the KBW Nasdaq Bank Index. For more information visit firstrepublic.com.
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