CIBC announces senior executive management changes



    
    -   TOM WOODS TO BECOME CHIEF RISK OFFICER
    -   DAVID WILLIAMSON TO JOIN AS CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
    -   RICHARD NESBITT TO JOIN AS CEO OF CIBC WORLD MARKETS
    

    TORONTO, Jan. 7 /CNW/ - CIBC has announced three executive appointments
in support of its strategic imperative of delivering consistent, sustainable
performance.

    - Tom Woods, currently Chief Financial Officer of CIBC, becomes Chief
Risk Officer, effective immediately.

    - David Williamson, formerly President and CEO of Atlas Cold Storage and
CFO of Clarica Life Insurance, will be joining CIBC as Chief Financial
Officer, effective January 10, 2008.

    - Richard Nesbitt, CEO of the TSX Group from 2004 to 2007, will be
joining CIBC as CEO of CIBC World Markets, effective February 29, 2008.

    In addition to these organizational changes, CIBC also announced today
that Brian Shaw, CEO of CIBC World Markets, and Ken Kilgour, Chief Risk
Officer, will be leaving CIBC.

    "We are pleased to have Tom Woods leading our Risk function. Tom is a
seasoned professional with deep knowledge and understanding of our risk
profile and our strategy of consistent and sustainable growth," said Gerry
McCaughey, President and CEO of CIBC. "Richard Nesbitt and David Williamson
are talented and respected executives who share CIBC's vision of creating
shareholder value by delivering consistent, solid and sustainable growth over
time. We are pleased that they will be joining CIBC."

    Tom Woods

    Tom Woods, 55, has spent his entire career with CIBC, joining Wood Gundy
in Investment Banking in 1977, where he advised companies on debt, equity,
mergers and acquisitions until 1996, when he became Head of Canadian Corporate
Banking. He was named CFO of CIBC World Markets in 1998 and CFO of CIBC in
2000. Mr. Woods earned his Master of Business Administration from Harvard
Business School in 1977 and graduated from the University of Toronto in 1975
with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Industrial Engineering.

    David Williamson

    Mr. Williamson, 47, was most recently President and CEO of Atlas Cold
Storage from April 2004 to November 2006. Previously, he served as Senior Vice
President of Strategic Planning and Development with Canada Life Financial
Corporation from October 2002 to July 2003. Mr. Williamson also served as
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Clarica Life Insurance
Company from January 2001 to June 2002. Earlier in his career, Mr. Williamson
gained a substantial amount of experience working with banks in Europe, the
U.K. and Canada on the measurement and management of risk including a period
of time spent working at the Bank for International Settlements in Basel
Switzerland. Mr. Williamson is a Chartered Accountant and graduated from
McMaster University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1983.

    Richard Nesbitt

    Richard Nesbitt, 52, is Chief Executive Officer of TSX Group, which
operates Canada's two national stock exchanges serving the senior equity and
public venture capital equity markets. Mr. Nesbitt's record of accomplishments
have spanned more than 20 years of experience in the securities industry,
including three years as President of TSX Markets where he was responsible for
the trading and market data operations of TSX Group, three years as President
and Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Securities Canada, and ten years at CIBC
Wood Gundy. Mr. Nesbitt graduated with a Masters of Science in Accounting and
Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1986;
earned an MBA from the Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto, in
1985; and earned a B.A. (Honors) in Business Administration from The
University of Western Ontario in 1978.

    Forward Looking Statement

    This news release contains forward-looking statements. These
forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about
the operations, financial condition, strategies and outlook of CIBC. A
forward-looking statement is subject to inherent risks and uncertainties that
may be general or specific. A variety of factors, many of which are beyond
CIBC's control, could cause actual results to differ materially from the
expectations expressed in CIBC's forward-looking statements. Readers should
not place undue reliance on CIBC's forward-looking statements. CIBC does not
undertake to update any forward-looking statement that is contained in this
news release except as required by law.





For further information:

For further information: Rob McLeod, CIBC, (416) 980-3714, for media
inquiries; John Ferren, CIBC, (416) 980-2088 for analyst/investor inquiries


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