Bank names SVP of external affairs


Monica Martinez. Courtesy Comerica Bank

A women who's in charge of a bank's national Hispanic business development has been tapped to also lead its community outreach in the Michigan market.

Dallas-based Comerica Bank said last month that it has named Monica Martinez its SVP of external affairs for the state.

She will be responsible for "community development and corporate contributions" in Michigan. She will also continue to serve as Comerica’s national director of Hispanic business development.

Martinez, a Michigan native, has returned to her home state after five years in a similar community outreach role with Comerica in Texas.

"Monica has distinguished herself in many ways over the course of her 10-year career with Comerica," said Ralph Babb Jr., chairman and CEO, Comerica Inc. and Comerica Bank.

Martinez said she looks forward to "the opportunity to re-connect with community organizations and their leadership in Detroit and throughout the state, where I have developed so many lasting friendships."

Martinez's background

Most recently, Martinez served as SVP of corporate contributions for Comerica's Texas and Arizona markets, in addition to her national Hispanic business development role, which she began in 2006.

Previously, she worked in various positions with Ford Motor Co. over 10 years.

Martinez has received numerous honors: the inaugural Corporate Visionary Award at the DDLM women's conference at Michigan State University; named one of the “Top 10 Latina Women in Corporate America” by Latino Leaders Magazine; recognized as one of the most-influential Hispanics in the nation by Hispanic Business Magazine; and others.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in international business from Eastern Michigan University.

She also has certificates in nonprofit management from Duke University, corporate community relations from Boston College and diversity management from Cornell University.

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