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Iris Cumberbatch, Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Affairs, ECMC Group

Iris Cumberbatch is senior vice president and head of corporate affairs at ECMC Group. Dr. Cumberbatch has held this position since 2016, leading a team of professionals responsible for media relations, external communications, executive communications, government affairs, community relations, internal communications, web services, graphic design, and social and digital media.

Prior to joining ECMC Group, Dr. Cumberbatch was vice president and head of public affairs at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland from 2012 to 2015, where she led public and media relations, internal and external communications, public official outreach to federal, state, and local government officials, Internet and intranet services, design services, social and digital media, and conference and event management. Previously, she was senior vice president of corporate communications for Wells Fargo Eastern Commercial Banking and Government & Institutional Banking from 2009 to 2012. Dr. Cumberbatch joined Wachovia in 2005 prior to the Wells Fargo/Wachovia merger and led corporate communications for all Wachovia General Bank segments including retail, small business, mortgage, card and payment services, distribution/Wachovia Direct Access, commercial banking, business banking and community banking. Prior to joining Wachovia, she led communications and marketing for numerous banking, investment, and online businesses at a variety of financial institutions including Bank of America, Citibank, National Securities Clearing Corporation, Shearson Lehman Hutton/American Express, E.F. Hutton, and Morgan Guaranty Trust Company. Dr. Cumberbatch began her career as a journalist with NBC News in New York and the BBC World Service in London.

Dr. Cumberbatch earned her bachelor's degree in journalism/communications from Pennsylvania State University, her MBA from Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina and her PhD in leadership and change from Antioch University in Ohio. She also received an advanced certificate in mass communications from the University of Manchester in Manchester, UK.