The Farmer School of Business Presents: Christopher Gorman ‘83; Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President of KeyCorp

Students, faculty, alumni and friends are invited to join us virtually for The Farmer School of Business’s Spring 2021 Executive Speaker Series brought to you in partnership with the Miami University Alumni Association!

The Role of CEO: Perspectives of what it takes to lead with Chris Gorman

Chris Gorman FSB ’83, took the reins as KeyBank Chairman and CEO in the spring of 2020, as the realities of the pandemic set in. He has successfully navigated the organization through uncharted waters by focusing on supporting the communities they serve and the needs of his employees while not losing sight of long term organizational goals. Viewers will have the option to have their own questions answered by Chris during the event’s live Q&A.

Christopher Gorman ‘83, Finance

Chris Gorman assumed the role of Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President of KeyCorp on May 1, 2020, bringing more than 30 years of financial services experience to his role.

Chris and his team are responsible for more than $170B in assets, 17,000 employees and 3.5MM clients. He is focused on, and dedicated to, delivering shareholder value; keeping the client experience central to all priorities; lifting and revitalizing communities; and maintaining a diverse, experienced and engaged board of directors and team.

In September 2019, Chris was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of KeyCorp, and was named Chairman and CEO of KeyBank, N.A. in 2012. Previously, Chris was Vice-Chairman and President of Banking where he was responsible for KeyCorp’s businesses. Chris was responsible for leading Key’s integration of First Niagara Financial Group, which was the largest acquisition in Key’s 190-year history.

Prior to that, Chris served as the President of Key Corporate Bank, which was comprised of KeyBank Real Estate Capital, Enterprise Commercial Payments, Key Equipment Finance and KeyBanc Capital Markets. Earlier in his career, Chris led KeyBanc Capital Markets and held various leadership roles at McDonald Investments, a registered broker-dealer acquired by KeyCorp in 1998.

Chris received a bachelor's degree in finance from Miami University in 1983 and is a member of the Board of Visitors of Miami University’s Farmer School of Business.

This event is free but registration is required.

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