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Gary Brown was appointed Chief Executive Officer of CIBC FirstCaribbean with effect from 1st January 2016.

Prior to this, he was Global Head of Corporate Banking with CIBC. In that role, Mr. Brown had responsibility for corporate and institutional banking activities at CIBC, including lending to large corporates, real estate finance, global banking, international lending and certain non-core portfolio activities. Additionally, he served as a member of the Wholesale Banking Management Committee and the Investment Committee, and CIBC’s Operating Committee. Mr. Brown remains a member of the Operating Committee in his role as Chief Executive Officer of CIBC FirstCaribbean. 

Immediately prior to assuming that position, from 2004 to 2013 Mr. Brown was President and CEO of CIBC World Markets Corp., the bank's U.S. broker-dealer and responsible as U.S. Region Head for all business and governance functions under a U.S. regional management structure.

Mr. Brown began his banking career in 1976 with The Chase Manhattan Bank, becoming a lending officer in the Commodity Finance division. From 1980 to 1999, he held a number of senior business and risk management positions with UBS AG, including New York Branch Manager and Head of the Structured Finance division, one of six operating divisions of UBS in the Americas. In 1998, Mr. Brown was appointed Chief Credit Officer — Americas. Immediately prior to joining CIBC in 2001, he served as President and Director for K2 Digital, Inc., an Internet professional services company.

Mr. Brown received a BSc in Business Administration from Oral Roberts University and has attended executive programs at the Salzburg Institute and Harvard Business School. He served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Mercy College and is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Mercy Ships International, and on the Board of Directors of the Foreign Policy Association in New York.