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CIBC makes staff changes to New York office

2021-11-22 12:27 ET - News Release

Mr. Josh Burleton reports


Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce's CIBC Innovation Banking has expanded its New York office with a series of new hires and promotions, as the group continues its strategic growth in key technology, life science and clean technology markets in North America and the United Kingdom.

"Over the past three years, New York-based start-ups and venture capital firms have embraced our team's financing expertise and CIBC's consistent approach to the innovation economy," said Mark McQueen, president and executive managing director of CIBC Innovation Banking. "These new team additions and promotions are just the latest in a series of initiatives we are taking to help our clients realize their ambitions."

The offices expansion involves a number of new hires and promotions, with Ryan Enriquez joining as executive director from JPM Chase's technology and disruptive commerce team. A decorated veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Mr. Enriquez began his career in financial services following his service in the military and has spent the last several years assisting technology companies in the tri-state area.

Caroline Tkatschow, a director in CIBC Innovation Banking's Toronto office, recently moved to the New York office as a relationship manager. Since joining the CIBC Innovation Banking team in 2018, Ms. Tkatschow has built a strong reputation for excellence across a variety of early-stage, mid-stage and late-stage financing situations.

CIBC's New York team also welcomed Jean Rafaelian as an associate, supporting the rapidly growing fund banking group. She joins the group having pursued an MBA in finance from NYU.

With CIBC's growing success within the United States East Coast innovation economy, existing managing director Paul Gibson will have the broadened responsibility to help drive the team's progress in the Mid-Atlantic and New York markets. Mr. Gibson joined CIBC Innovation Banking's Reston, Va., office in 2018 and will now manage the technology lending teams in these two active venture capital and growth equity markets.

Mr. Enriquez's addition to the United States-based CIBC Innovation Banking team follows a number of recent high-profile recruitments from across the country, with executive director Jonathan Schupack and managing directors Joe Hammer and Tej Sahi both coming aboard.

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