For FNB Corp. CEO Vincent J. Delie Jr., high moral standards are the foundation of good leadership.
"People are more willing to put in extra effort for a leader they can respect," the 48-year-old chief executive said.
Mr. Delie, a Pittsburgh native who was named CEO of the corporation in January 2012 and CEO of the First National Bank of Pennsylvania unit the previous year, joined the Hermitage, Mercer County-based company eight years ago as head of the Pittsburgh region.
The bank has raised its profile in recent years, zooming from No. 7 in market share in the seven-county area based on deposits to No. 3 with the $130 million acquisition of Monroeville-based Parkvale Savings last year.
A graduate of Penn State University who grew up on the North Side and now lives in Sewickley, Mr. Delie said his biggest accomplishment professionally has been helping to guide FNB through the recent financial crisis.
"We've been able to grow and strengthen our company and to protect the livelihoods of 3,000 people," he said, calling it "a humbling and satisfying part of my career."
Mr. Delie began his career as an associate with the investment banking group at Parker/Hunter and with the capital markets division of PaineWebber, both in Pittsburgh.
He then spent 16 years at National City Bank in Pittsburgh and its predecessor banks, Integra and Equibank, rising to executive vice president of the corporate banking division before coming to FNB in 2005. That was three years before National City was scooped up by PNC Financial Services Group.
Mr. Delie said his biggest regret in his career was not learning sooner to appreciate people.
If he could change one thing, he said, "I would do a better job of recognizing the strengths and contributions of others around me who helped me achieve success."intheleadprofiles
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