Banker rates among ’25 Most Powerful Women in Banking’


Michelle Van Dyke is the regional president of Fifth Third Bank. Courtesy Fifth Third Bank

A West Michigan banker has been named one of “The 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking.”

American Banker, a New York trade publication highly regarded in the financial industry, rates Michelle Van Dyke, regional president of Fifth Third Bank, among the industry’s most-powerful women.

Mary Tuuk, a Grand Rapids native and Fifth Third Bancorp board secretary and executive vice president for corporate services, is one of “The 25 Women to Watch” in banking.

Michelle Van Dyke

Van Dyke’s office is in Grand Rapids. As regional president, Van Dyke oversees West Michigan and eastern Michigan, plus a number of areas in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and St. Louis.

Van Dyke’s responsibilities involve $25 billion worth of Fifth Third's assets and 5,500 employees, according to American Banker.

American Banker highlights several of Van Dyke's accomplishments in recognizing her impact on the industry.

"Of all senior-level placements enterprise wide in one recent 12-month stretch, 65 were from her region," American Banker reports.

"In two of Fifth Third's less mature markets, St. Louis and western Pennsylvania, Van Dyke’s team posted double-digit revenue growth last year across every line of business," the magazine reports.

"I want to show other women that being a bank president is a very achievable goal," says Van Dyke to the magazine.

Van Dyke identifies, develops and exports talent to other parts of Fifth Third.

The magazine also notes the St. Louis location earned the highest score in a recent employee engagement survey of all Fifth Third locations.

Mary Tuuk

Tuuk is back at Fifth Third headquarters in Cincinnati after a recent 18-month stint as president/CEO of the bank’s Western Michigan region.

She previously worked in Cincinnati as the bank’s chief risk officer from 2007 to 2011.

"Tuuk's extracurricular work has included a three-day workshop she created at her alma mater, Calvin College, to address the discrepancy between the numbers of male and female students choosing to major in business," American Banker says.

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