Eric S. Smith is Chief Operating Officer of Fifth Third Bank (Chicago), which includes more than $9.7 billion in assets. In this role, he is responsible for the growth and strategic alignment of our commercial, wealth & asset management and consumer businesses to deliver distinctive value to our customers and community impact in the region.
Eric joined Fifth Third in October, 2016 from JPMorgan Chase, where he most recently served as Chief Financial Officer of Middle Market Banking. That unit focuses on companies with annual sales between $50 million and $500 million. Prior to assuming that role in 2011, Eric was a Managing Director in the Investment Bank, where he served as the head of the North American Food & Beverage Group. He also was responsible for advising Fortune 500 consumer product companies on merger and acquisition transactions as well as debt and equity underwritings.
Eric has more than 25 years of banking experience and began his career with Merrill Lynch as a Financial Analyst in Public Finance. He earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from Howard University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Professional and Civic Eric has a long history of commitment to the Chicagoland non-profit and civic community as reflected through his board service and volunteerism. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Chicago Urban League. He is a member of the board of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and Goodman Theatre. Smith is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and the Executives’ Club of Chicago.
Eric is a member of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, The Chicago Club, Economic Club of Chicago and the Executives Club of Chicago.
He and his wife Kimberly Taylor-Smith have two daughters.