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Linda D. Forte
Senior Vice President, Business Affairs
Linda D. Forte is senior vice president of Business Affairs for Comerica Incorporated. She also is a member of Comerica's Senior Leadership Team.
Ms. Forte is responsible for defining and driving business strategies that establish Comerica as a leader in diversity and work life practices. She also is responsible for the Comerica Charitable Foundation, Comerica Contributions and Civic Affairs.
She began her banking career with Comerica in 1974. She has held management positions in Comerica's Small Business, Municipalities, U.S. Banking and Loan Administration Groups, as well as positions in Human Resources and in Branch Administration.
Ms. Forte serves as a director of the Economic Development Corporation of the City of Detroit; Neighborhood Development Corporation of the City of Detroit; the Henry Ford Health System; New Detroit; the Michigan Women’s Foundation; Alternatives for Girls and the Women's Caring Program. She is a board member and chair of the Local Development Finance Authority.
In 2012, Ms. Forte was honored as a Woman of Achievement and Courage by the Michigan Women’s Foundation and as a PHD Awardee by the Mercy Education Project. In 2007, Ms. Forte was recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of southeast Michigan’s Most Influential Women. In 2005, Ms. Forte received the YMCAs John Copeland Community Leadership Legacy Award. In 1998, Ms. Forte was recognized by Crain's Detroit Business as one of Detroit's 100 Black Business Leaders. In 1996, she received the National Black MBA Association H. Naylor Fitzhugh Award; in 1990 she received the Banker of the Year Award and in 2005, the Aubrey W. Lee Award from the Urban Financial Services Coalition. Ms. Forte is a graduate of Leadership Detroit.
Ms. Forte received her Bachelor of Science degree from Bowling Green State University, and her MBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Michigan.