Rick Waugh announces his retirement from Scotiabank effective January 31, 2014; Brian Porter to take on role of President and CEO effective November 1, 2013

Scotiabank Chief Executive Officer Rick Waugh announced his intention to retire as CEO effective November 1, 2013 after 10 years in the role and 43 years with the Bank. He will remain a Director of the Board and assume the role of Deputy Chairman of the Bank until January 31, 2014.

Scotiabank's CEO Rick Waugh (L) and President Brian Porter (R) announce November 1, 2013 as date of transition. (PRNewsFoto/Scotiabank)

Scotiabank’s CEO Rick Waugh (L) and President Brian Porter (R) announce November 1, 2013 as date of transition. (PRNewsFoto/Scotiabank)

The Board of Directors has appointed Brian Porter to the role of President and Chief Executive Officer effective November 1, 2013. Brian was appointed to the role of President on November 1, 2012, and just prior to that was Group Head, International Banking, overseeing all of the Bank’s personal, small business and commercial banking operations in more than 55 countries outside of Canada. Brian was also Scotiabank’s Group Head of Global Risk Management and Treasury. He joined Scotiabank in 1981, and has held a variety of other management positions, including Deputy Chairman of Global Banking and Markets.

Rick Waugh has guided Scotiabank through a period of tremendous growth, generating exceptional returns for shareholders and employees during some very turbulent times. His focus on customers, diversification, emerging markets and risk management along with his strong values, has shaped the growth and direction of the Bank over the last ten years,” said John Mayberry, Chairman of the Board.

The Board expressed its confidence in Brian Porter appointing him President in November 2012.

Mayberry added, “We are pleased to take the next step in succession today by confirming him in the role of President and CEO effective November 1, 2013. Brian has a tremendous range of experience across the Bank, including the critical role of Chief Risk Officer. The Board is confident in Brian’s ability to continue to produce strong results and build on the straightforward and proven business model that has worked so well for customers, shareholders and employees.”

“I want to congratulate Brian Porter on his appointment to President and Chief Executive Officer,” said Rick Waugh, CEO, Scotiabank. “He has had an exceptional career at Scotiabank. Brian and the management team bring the right experience, values and culture to ensure our Bank’s continued success.”

It is a distinct privilege to have been entrusted with the role of President and Chief Executive Officer, and I would like to thank the Board of Directors and Rick Waugh for their confidence in my ability to continue to deliver superior, consistent and predictable results for all of our stakeholders,” said Brian Porter, President, Scotiabank.

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