Kala Gibson

Executive Vice President, Head of Business Banking, Fifth Third Bancorp
Kala Gibson
Kala Gibson is executive vice president and head of Business Banking. He oversees the strategic planning, operations, sales force and products 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.

Kala joined Fifth Third in 2011 as a senior vice president and Business Banking executive for Eastern Michigan. In that 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. He has over 27 years of experience in retail, community and small business banking; middle market and asset-based lending; and credit administration.


Kala earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Grand Valley State University and an MBA from Michigan State University.

Professional and Civic

As an active member of his community, Kala dedicates his time and expertise to a variety of causes, including:

n Executive and finance committee member, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History.

n Finance committee member for the board, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

n Board of Trustees member, ArtsWave in Cincinnati.

n Member of the Business Banking Executive Circle.

n Board president, MORTAR, an urban entrepreneurship organization.

n Board member, National Minority Supplier Development Council.

Kala has received several awards for his civic and professional contributions, including Fifth Third Bank Leader of the Year, Fifth Third Bank Community Commitment, the Michigan Chronicle’s Men of Excellence and Crain’s Detroit Business 40 Under 40.