Chair of the Board
James E. Rohr is the retired executive chairman and former chief executive officer of The PNC Financial Services Group, one of the largest diversified financial services companies in the United States.
Rohr joined PNC's management development program in 1972. Over more than 40 years with the company, he has held a variety of leadership positions, including vice chairman, director and chief operating officer. Named chief executive officer in 2000, Rohr oversaw the company's expansion from an institution that served customers primarily in two states to one of the largest regional banks in the country, with a footprint covering one-third of the U.S. population. During his time as CEO, the company grew assets four-fold and engaged in 10 acquisitions, including the integrations of National City and the retail branch network of RBC Bank (USA). For his leadership, Rohr was named American Banker's Banker of the Year for 2007. He stepped down as chief executive officer in April 2013 and retired as executive chairman in April 2014.
Rohr is a director of ATI; ECHO Realty; EQT Corporation and Marathon Petroleum Corporation. He is past chair of the Financial Services Roundtable, past president of the Federal Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve System and the Pennsylvania Business Roundtable; and former director of BlackRock, Inc., the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, GE and Second Curve Capital.
As chairman of PNC, Rohr provided the vision for PNC Grow Up Great, the company's $500 million, multi-year, bilingual initiative that began in 2004 to support early childhood education. To promote that cause, he has presented to national organizations across the country, testified before Congress about the importance of preparing children for school and called for universal access to early childhood education programming. And PNC was recognized with the Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy Award by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy for this initiative.
In addition, Rohr supports a number of civic, cultural and educational organizations. He serves on the boards of directors for The Heinz Endowments, the Allegheny Foundation and the Dietrich Foundation; chairman of the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Mellon University and a member of the Board of Trustees of The University of Notre Dame; is past chairman and a member of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust; and is past chairman of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.
Over the years, Rohr has earned numerous industry and community awards. In October 2006, he received the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship. In May 2007, Rohr received the Sesame Workshop Corporate Honoree Award. In May 2008 he received the Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER) Hero Award from the Heinz Family Philanthropies. Rohr also was named a Horatio Alger Award recipient for 2011 by the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. And he received the prestigious Gold Medal Award from the Pennsylvania Society in 2014. In addition, under his leadership PNC was recognized by a number of organizations and received honors that included the Gallup Great Workplace Award, listing among the Working Mother 100 Best Companies, and the Urban Land Institute and Financial Times Sustainable Cities Award for eco-friendly business practices.
Rohr earned his bachelor of arts degree in 1970 from the University of Notre Dame and his master's in business administration from The Ohio State University in 1972.