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CIBC appoints new chief legal officer

Wednesday, September 02, 2020 @ 12:05 PM | By John Chunn


Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) president and CEO Victor Dodig announced on Sept. 1 that Kikelomo (Kike) Lawal has been appointed executive vice-president and chief legal officer, effective Oct. 12, 2020.

According to CIBC’s press release, in this role, Lawal will be accountable for overseeing the legal function globally as well as the corporate secretary, ombudsman and privacy office functions and related policies and programs. She will join the bank’s executive committee and will report to Dodig.

Lawal was most recently the chief legal officer, ombudsman and corporate secretary at Interac Corporation and has over 20 years of leadership experience including legal expertise as both a trial lawyer and a transactional lawyer. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School, and her bar admissions include the New York state bar and Law Society of Ontario.

The release notes that Lawal speaks regularly on the importance of inclusion across multiple dimensions, including gender, race/ethnicity and life experience.

“Kike is a proven leader and she will play a key role as we continue to build a relationship-oriented bank for a modern world and live our purpose — to help make our clients’ ambitions a reality,” said Dodig. “She is an accomplished legal professional with strong business acumen who brings a strategic approach to the position. We look forward to having Kike join our leadership team and adding her expertise, experience and perspective to our bank.”