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Robert G. Wilmers

Robert G. Wilmers (born 1934) is an American businessman.[1][2] He serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of M&T Bank.[1][2][3]


  • Biography 1
    • Early life 1.1
    • Career 1.2
  • References 2


Early life

He graduated from the Phillips Exeter Academy and Harvard College. and attended the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.[1]


He started his career at Bankers Trust,[1] served in New York City Government under Mayor John Lindsay, then went on to work at Morgan Guaranty Trust Company.

He has served as Chairman and CEO of M&T Bank[1][2] and its subsidiary, Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company (M&T Bank) since 1983.[1]

In 1992, the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Management named Wilmers Niagara Frontier Executive of the Year. In 1991, the Greater Buffalo Chamber of Commerce named him Western New Yorker of the Year. He has received honorary degrees from Canisius College (Doctor of Humane Letters in 1988), from Niagara University (Doctor of Commercial Science in 1991) and from the State University of New York at Buffalo (Doctor of Humane Letters in 2004). He was cited by The Buffalo News in 1987 and 1994 as a Citizen of the Year. Wilmers received the 2005 American Banker Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2008, Wilmers was awarded Chevalier of the Legion of Honor by the President of France. In December 2011, he was named Banker of the Year by American Banker.[4]

He served as chairman of the Empire State Development Corporation in 2008-2009, Chairman of the New York State Bankers Association in 2002 and as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 1993 to 1998.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Bloomberg BusinessWeek
  2. ^ a b c Forbes
  3. ^ Joe Nocera, The Good Banker, The New York Times, May 30, 2011
  4. ^ Matthew Monks, A Throwback Approach Keeps Wilmers, M&T on Top, American Banker, November 30, 2011

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