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Four CIBC leaders recognized for their outstanding achievements and contributions

TORONTO, Nov. 22, 2018 /CNW/ - CIBC (TSX: CM) (NYSE: CM) would like to congratulate four talented leaders for being named recipients of this year's WXN Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award.

Sandy Sharman, Senior Executive Vice-President and Chief Human Resources and Communications Officer, was selected for the third year in a row in the HSBC Corporate Executives category. Ms. Sharman is a strategic and proven leader who brings 30 years of financial services experience and business acumen to her mandate. She drives CIBC's Human Capital Strategy which is unlocking the potential of CIBC's team and transforming the culture, leadership and employee experience for the bank's 44,000 employees.

Veni Iozzo, Executive Vice-President, Communications, Public Affairs & Workplace Transformation, was selected in the RBC Champions category. Ms. Iozzo is a collaborative leader with a proven track record of leading bold change. Throughout her career she has mentored and sponsored women leaders, focusing on elevating the diverse experiences they bring to the table. Ms. Iozzo was also recognized last year in the BMO Arts and Communications category.

Susan Rimmer, Managing Director and Head, Global Corporate Banking, Capital Markets, was selected in the CIBC Trailblazers and Trendsetters category. As a proven change agent, Ms. Rimmer has pushed barriers in her work environment, paving the way for new talent to follow in her lead. Her client-focused leadership and deep commitment to charitable causes has had a lasting impact across the industry, the business and our community.

Maili Wong, First Vice-President and Portfolio Manager, CIBC Wood Gundy, was selected in the Mercedes-Benz Emerging Leaders category. Ms. Wong applies her 17 years of international investing experience in helping empower Canadians to take control of their finances so they can lead healthy and productive lives.

CIBC is also pleased to congratulate CIBC Board member, Kate Stevenson who was recognized in the Accenture Corporate Directors category. Ms. Stevenson has a strong and long-term commitment to board governance. She is currently Chair of CIBC's Corporate Governance Committee, where she takes the lead on initiatives to optimize the Board's effectiveness.

"These exceptional individuals are champions for our future generation of leaders," says Victor G. Dodig, CIBC President & CEO. "They are a driving force behind our client-focused culture at CIBC and work tirelessly to make a difference in our business and in our communities."

This year's award recipients join CIBC's Laura Dottori-Attanasio and Christina Kramer who have received these awards in previous years and who are current members of the WXN Hall of Fame. 

The Women's Executive Network's Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 awards celebrate the professional achievements of female leaders across Canada in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. They are presented to outstanding women in ten different categories. The Top 100 women are chosen by an independent advisory board, and a complete list of recipients is available on the Women's Executive Network website.

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CIBC is a leading Canadian-based global financial institution with 11 million personal banking, business, public sector and institutional clients. Across Personal and Small Business Banking, Commercial Banking and Wealth Management, and Capital Markets businesses, CIBC offers a full range of advice, solutions and services through its leading digital banking network, and locations across Canada, in the United States and around the world. Ongoing news releases and more information about CIBC can be found at

SOURCE Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

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