Bank CIO has local roots

BRIDGEPORT — A graduate of Bridgeport High School is the new chief information officer for a large bank.

Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati. According to a news release, the company has $142 billion in assets and operates 1,154 service centers across several states, including Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Officials said such a large bank needs a dedicated CIO to help lead it through hard times, and the company recently selected Jude Schramm — a 1990 graduate of Bridgeport High School — to serve as CIO.

Jude and his brother Jim grew up in Lansing, both attending and graduating from Bridgeport. Jude graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor’s degree in information systems and business management. He has spent time with GE Aviation, where he worked as IT leader for a division and as certified lean leader for GE Infrastructure. He also served as CIO and helped lead the company with digital strategy and supporting digital products.

As CIO, Schramm will report to Greg D. Carmichael, chairman, president and CEO of Fifth Third Bancorp. Carmichael said in a release that he is excited to have Schramm on board and believes it is a good move for the company.

“Jude Schramm has established a career track record both of innovation and transformation,” Carmichael said. “His experience and passion will further propel Fifth Third’s ability to meet and exceed customers’ expectations in an evolving world. We are excited to welcome Jude to our leadership team.”

Jim Schramm said he was proud to hear that his older brother had risen to such a position. He said one of the things he admires in his brother is how he always manages to spend time with his family while working a demanding job. Jude Schramm has three children and resides in Westchester, Ohio.

“Myself and our family are extremely proud,” Jim said. “He works hard.”