Chemical Bank Promotes Fuller and Kessler, Hires Bixby


Midland-based Chemical Bank has announced the promotions of Paul Fuller to director of deposit operations and Ed Kessler to chief information officer. Greg Bixby has been hired as chief delivery officer.

In his new role, Fuller will manage the deposit service, card service, e-payment service, e-banking, and business client service teams. Additionally, he will deliver service to the bank’s customer base.

“Paul has been an integral part of our team, and we are excited to bring him into this new leadership role,” says Tom Shafer, president and CEO of Chemical Bank. “He is a great asset to our organization.”

Kessler will be responsible for information technology strategy, implementation, and management as chief information officer. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business systems and a minor in finance and accounting from Lawrence Institute of Technology.

“Ed has a great amount of knowledge in the financial industry, gathered over 40 years,” says Shafer. “His background and experiences will benefit our team greatly.”

In his role as chief delivery officer, Bixby will lead the bank’s information technology, project management, and business excellence initiatives. He brings more than 30 years of experience in banking, which includes working for Sunflower Bank in Denver, and Talmer Bank and Trust as chief information officer. He is a board member for InfoGPS Networks and established the Remember Janet foundation with his wife Kelly.

“Greg has a tremendous amount of experience in the financial industry, and we are excited to bring him on board,” says Shafer. “He is a great leader who will be a major asset in developing and executing innovative technology solutions.”

Chemical Financial Corporation is the largest banking company headquartered and operating branch offices in Michigan. It operates through its subsidiary bank, Chemical Bank, with 212 banking offices located primarily in Michigan, northeast Ohio, and northern Indiana. On December 31, 2017, the Corporation had total assets of $19.28 billion.