June 9, 2015 – Diversified Search has placed Jorge L. Benitez as a new member of the board of directors at Fifth Third Bancorp. Dale Jones, CEO of Diversified Search, led the assignment. Mr. Benitez served clients in the chemicals, energy, retail, automotive, consumer goods and services and life sciences industries before retiring from Accenture in 2014. He has served on multiple boards and forums, including The Business Roundtable, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Board, Chief Executive 50, Global 100, Change the Equation Board, the Business for Higher Education Forum, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Board and the Warrington School of Business at the University of Florida.
“Jorge’s extensive background in providing consulting services in a variety of industries fits extremely well with our existing and emerging commercial client base,” said Kevin T. Kabat, vice chairman and CEO of Fifth Third Bancorp. “He has been successful both in business and in his service to the community, and has deep roots in Florida, where the Bank has a major presence.”
Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati. As of March 31, the bank had $140 billion in assets and operated 15 affiliates with 1,303 full-service banking centers.
Diversified Search, headquartered in Philadelphia, has U.S. offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., and worldwide in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and the Americas.
The firm has developed a board advisory group which it uses to explore some of the more complex issues confronting boards, with a particular emphasis on diversity. Current members include: non-executive chairman of OMNITRU, Gilbert F. Casellas; retired UPS operations SVP Calvin Darden Sr.; former Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin; chairman of Rothschild North America Jim Lawrence; and Paula Stern – founder of the Stern Group Inc.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media