Fifth Third Bancorp Names Greg Carmichael CEO Effective November 2015
Kevin Kabat Announces Retirement


Cincinnati– The Fifth Third Bancorp board of directors today announced that Greg D. Carmichael, current president and chief operating officer, will become president and chief executive officer effective November 1, 2015. Carmichael was also elected to the board, effective immediately.

Carmichael will succeed Kevin T. Kabat, who has informed the board of his intention to retire. Kabat has served as CEO since April, 2007, and he will remain executive vice chairman of the board until his retirement in April 2016. His career included 33 years of combined service at Fifth Third and a predecessor.

Board chair James P. Hackett said that the succession provides continuity of leadership and leverages the extensive experience of Carmichael in leading all operating units of the Bank. Hackett said, "Greg is the ideal choice, and the Bank is well-positioned for future growth, with a diverse and dynamic consumer business, an expanding wealth management business, and a strong commercial business with expanding scale and scope."

Hackett also said, "We thank Kevin for all he has done for the Fifth Third organization during his tenure, particularly in navigating the financial crisis. During Kevin’s tenure as CEO, Fifth Third has established strong forward momentum with a strong balance sheet, solid credit quality, and excellent growth prospects."

"Greg will be a terrific CEO," said Kabat. "As the president and chief operating officer, he has demonstrated an unwavering focus on our customers, employees, communities, and shareholders. Greg will continue to bring his passion to leading the Fifth Third organization during an era of continued change in how we deliver value to all of our constituents."

"I am honored to lead such a great company that is well positioned for growth, with dedicated employees who are committed to meeting our customers' needs every day," said Carmichael. "I look forward to leading the Fifth Third team at a time of great opportunity, as we address shifting customer preferences and deliver new solutions that meet the needs of our customers."

Carmichael joined Fifth Third in 2003, leading Information Technology. He became chief operating officer in 2006, and by 2009 his responsibilities had expanded to include leading the Retail Bank, Investment Advisors, Business Banking, and all affiliate banks and markets. Carmichael was named president in 2012, when the national Commercial line of business was added to his role.

Prior to joining Fifth Third, Carmichael served as chief information officer for Emerson Electric and in leadership roles in information technology at General Electric for more than a decade.

Kabat will transition leadership responsibilities over the coming months. In addition to his service on the Fifth Third board, he will continue to serve on the board of UNUM, as well as the board of NISource, a board appointment that was just announced.

Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ: FITB) is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. As of March 31, 2015, the Company had $140 billion in assets and operated 15 affiliates with 1,303 full-service Banking Centers, including 101 Bank Mart® locations, most open seven days a week, inside select grocery stores and 2,637 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Investment Advisors. Fifth Third also has a 22.8% interest in Vantiv Holding, LLC. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of March 31, 2015, had $308 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $27 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at Fifth Third's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ® Global Select Market under the symbol "FITB." Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender Equal Housing Lender.


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