First Republic Bank Extends Founder, Chairman and CEO Jim Herbert’s Contract


SAN FRANCISCO – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) –Bank of the First Republic (NYSE: FRC), a leading private bank and wealth management company, today announced that its board of directors has extended the contract of founder, chairman and CEO Jim Herbert to December 31, 2022 , after which he will become executive chairman. The Board of Directors has also entered into a contract with Hafize Gaye Erkan as co-CEO, sharing CEO responsibilities with and reporting to Mr. Herbert. In addition, Ms. Erkan will continue to serve as Chair and Director of the Board of Directors.

“By expanding and improving their collaboration, the Board believes that Jim and Gaye’s partnership is a strong combination that will continue to build on First Republic’s differentiated business model and exceptional service, delivering strong organic growth and a return on investment for shareholders, ”said Reynold Levy, Senior External Director.

“Gaye has made a significant contribution to our performance as a company for the past seven years, and I look forward to continuing our successful partnership, ”said Jim Herbert. “His considerable expertise in financial services has had a valuable and fruitful impact on the future development of our customer-centric business model. ”

“The historic success of First Republic is built on our culture of taking care of every customer and colleague, one at a time, ”said Hafize Gaye Erkan. “I am honored to be named Co-CEO and look forward to continuing to build on the long-term success of the company, alongside Jim and our entire management team.

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


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