Detroit, MI — Chemical Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Chemical Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: CFHC) and Michigan’s largest headquartered banking company, today announced it has named Donnell R. White to the newly created position of chief diversity officer and director of strategic partnerships.
White joins Chemical Bank during a period of strong growth for the financial institution. In his new position, White will establish and lead strategies to attract, engage and develop diverse talent across the organization, as well as focusing on developing relationships with community groups, and business organizations in the city of Detroit.
“I am passionate about strengthening and empowering employees within the organizations that I serve, and, in my new position, I am thrilled to be responsible for developing and implementing new and innovative corporate-wide diversity initiatives, along with building partnerships with community groups and businesses in the City,” said White. “My time with the Detroit NAACP was deeply rewarding on many levels and has prepared me well for this new role. I am eager to get started and look forward to helping one of Michigan’s own build on its established momentum.”
Prior to joining Chemical Bank, White served as executive director of the Detroit branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), where he helped lead the organization’s largest local branch—also one of its oldest and most storied branches. While there, he was responsible for the strategic, financial and operational oversight of the organization, including executive committee support, executive and professional staff supervision, grant and budget management, and fund development. He also served as the spokesperson and community liaison for the organization.
“Chemical Bank is committed to a culture of diversity and inclusion at every level, and we are pleased to have Donnell on board to set our strategy and execution going forward,” said Thomas C. Shafer, president, and CEO of Chemical Bank. “We are confident in his ability to help us become an employer and partner of choice as we continue to execute our growth plans.”
About Chemical Bank:
Chemical Financial Corporation is the largest banking company headquartered in Michigan. The Corporation operates through its subsidiary bank, Chemical Bank, with 212 banking offices located primarily in Michigan, northeast Ohio and northern Indiana. On March 31, 2018, the Corporation had total assets of $19.8 billion. Chemical Financial Corporation’s common stock trades on The NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbol CHFC and is one of the issuers comprising The NASDAQ Global Select Market and the S&P MidCap 400 Index.