Van Dyke A 'Top' Banker

October 5, 2007
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GRAND RAPIDS — Michelle Van Dyke, president and CEO of Fifth Third Bank, Western Michigan, and regional president for the bank’s three Michigan affiliates, has been named by U.S. Banker magazine as one of the “25 Most Powerful Women in Banking.”

According to U.S. Banker, the annual ranking recognizes women whose business acumen, professional integrity and personal tenacity “are fostering great leadership in financial services and thereby strengthening America’s social and economic fabric.” It is considered an “unparalleled indicator” of outstanding achievement and influence among women executives.

The ranking “honors outstanding performers who use their influence not only to advance their institutions’ financial performance, but also to strengthen their organizations and the communities they serve,” said U.S. Banker's editor-in-chief Holly Sraeel.

Van Dyke serves on 12 community boards. She is one of the highest-ranking female officers at Fifth Third Bancorp and oversees management of one of Fifth Third’s largest affiliates, which includes the Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Northern Michigan Fifth Third Bank affiliates. Her career with Fifth Third and its predecessor, Old Kent Bank, spans more than 20 years.

“This is a well-deserved honor for Michelle, and we are extremely proud of her many accomplishments during her career at Fifth Third Bank,” said Kevin T. Kabat, president and CEO of Fifth Third Bancorp. “We are pleased that U.S. Banker has chosen to recognize Michelle for her skill and success.” 

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