Senior Vice President, Business Affairs
Linda D. Forte is senior vice president of Business Affairs for Comerica Incorporated and Comerica's Chief Diversity Officer. She also is a member of Comerica's Senior Leadership Team.
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 Business Banking, Municipalities, U.S. Banking and Loan Administration Groups, as well as positions in Human Resources and in Banking Center Administration.
Forte serves as board Chair of the Economic Development Corporation of the City of Detroit and she is also a director of the Local Development Finance Authority, Neighborhood Development Corporation of the City of Detroit; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and New Detroit. In addition, she is a trustee for the board of directors of Bowling Green State University. Also, she was appointed by the Mayor as a Commissioner for the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. Forte serves on the boards of the Downtown Detroit Business Improvement Zone (BIZ), the Executive Leadership Council, and the United Negro College Fund, Michigan Leadership Team.
Forte received the 2014 Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion Annual Humanitarian Award, the 2014 Michigan Women’s Foundation Woman of Achievement and Courage recognition, and was a 2013 Inductee into the “Academy of Distinguished Alumni” for Bowling Green State University. She was recognized in 2014 by The Network Journal as one of 25 Influential Black Women. In 2012, 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. She was also honored as a 2012 Detroit Catalyst by Uptown Magazine and one of Savoy Magazine’s Top Influential Women in Corporate America. In 2011, Black Enterprise recognized Forte as one of the “Top Executives in Diversity.” In 2007, Forte was recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of southeast Michigan’s Most Influential Women. In 2005, Forte received the YMCAs John Copeland Community Leadership Legacy Award. In 1998, 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. Forte is a graduate of Leadership Detroit.
Forte received her Bachelor of Science degree from Bowling Green State University, and her MBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Michigan.