RBC CENTURA APPOINTS NEW FLORIDA LEADER
Gary C. Klein to Lead Group; Oversee Operations
RALEIGH, N.C., September 17, 2007 - RBC Centura Bank recently announced the appointment of Gary C. Klein as market president in Florida. In this role, Klein will be accountable for building and leading a high performing sales team in retail, business, mortgage and commercial banking across the state. He will be responsible for driving results in a quickly growing area and will coordinate activities with RBC Centura Commercial Real Estate, Builder Finance and Dain Rauscher business leaders.
"I'm excited to welcome a proven leader with 23 years of experience in the banking and financial services industries to the RBC Centura team," said Drew Putt, RBC Centura president. "I'm confident Gary will be a great asset to our Florida leadership team - helping our customers and supporting our employees in the state."
Since the bank opened in Florida just four and a half years ago, RBC Centura's presence has grown from 11 banking centers and 40 employees to 41 banking centers and more than 360 employees statewide.
Klein will oversee activities for RBC Centura's banking centers throughout Florida. He will work closely with the existing Florida leadership team - Rick Perez, regional president, Retail Banking; Scott Williams, regional president, Commercial Markets, South Florida; Roger Cook, regional president, Commercial Markets, Central Florida; and Cary Berman, regional manager, Mortgage - as well as business partners including RBC Dain, RBC Builder Finance, Commercial Real Estate, Public and Institutional Banking and Specialty Lending.
Prior to joining RBC Centura, Klein most recently served Wachovia as regional president for the Palm Beach County region. In this role, he was responsible for the corporate, commercial, retail and wealth management, and mortgage banking services.
A graduate of Susquehanna University, in Selinsgrove, Pa., Klein spent much of his professional career working in the Southeast. His community involvement includes serving as chair of the Palm Beach County AMA Heart Walk, the board of directors for the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce and the Palm Beach County Business Development Board. He also supports the South Florida Science Museum, serving as chairman on the board of trustees and serves on the West Palm Beach Workforce Housing Commission.
Klein is a native of Richmond, Va. He currently lives in West Palm Beach, Fla., and will be based at RBC Centura's Florida headquarters office in Orlando, Fla.
About RBC Centura Bank
RBC Centura, headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., offers a wide range of financial services and advice, including a complete line of banking, and mortgage services to individuals, businesses and public institutions throughout the Southeast. RBC Centura's multi-faceted customer access network includes more than 340 full-service banking centers, an extensive ATM network, and telephone and Internet banking. In addition, RBC Centura offers builder finance products through its RBC Builder Finance division. According to SNL Financial, RBC Centura is the 46th largest U.S. bank based on assets as of fourth quarter 2006. RBC Centura Banks Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) (NYSE, TSX: RY), Canada's largest bank as measured by assets.