Kala Gibson

Senior Vice President Head of Business Banking, Fifth Third Bancorp
Kala Gibson is senior vice president and head of Business Banking for Fifth Third Bank. Kala oversees the strategic planning, operations, sales force and product for his line of business. The Business Banking division serves clients with annual revenues up to $20 million across 1,155 banking centers and 10 states.

He joined Fifth Third Bank in 2011 as a senior vice president and Business Banking executive for the Eastern Michigan region. In this role, he was responsible for the performance and strategic sales delivery across eight counties in Southeastern Michigan.

Kala started his career at Comerica Bank in Detroit, Michigan, and has since gained over 26 years of combined experience in retail banking, community banking, small business banking, middle market, asset-based lending and credit administration.

Kala received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Grand Valley State University. He also holds an MBA from Michigan State University.

Professional and Civic
As an active member of his community, Kala has and continues to dedicate his time and expertise to a variety of causes:

 Executive and finance committee member for the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History Board.

 Member of the Business Banking Executive Circle.

 Member of the Consumer Banker Association (CBA) - Small Business Committee.

 Member of the Cincinnati ArtsWave Regional Grant Review Committee.

 Chair of Fifth Third Bank’s Cincinnati ArtsWave Campaign.

 Board president for MORTAR, an urban entrepreneurship organization.

 Past president and national board member of the Urban Financial Services Coalition (Detroit Chapter).

In recognition of his civic and professional contributions, Kala is the recipient of several awards, including The Michigan Chronicle’s Men of Excellence and Crain’s Detroit Business 40 Under 40.