Carnegie Mellon University

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. With more than 40 years with the company, he 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 banks in the country. 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; a former director of BlackRock, Inc., GE, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland; and served on the advisory board of Second Curve Capital. 

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; as chair of the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Mellon University and as 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.