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Rosemarie Greco began her career in the Financial Services industry as a bank-branch secretary; ultimately rising to the distinction of being recognized as the highest-ranking woman in banking in the United States. She currently is co-Chair of VISION 2020, a national initiative for women’s economic and social equality that works with affiliated organizations to advance the issues most important to women.
Prior to entering the financial services industry, Greco was a schoolteacher in Philadelphia’s Catholic schools.
For four years, Greco served as a member of the Board of Education for the School District of Philadelphia.
Greco chaired the Board of Trustees of the Philadelphia Award, served on the Board of Directors of the Franklin Institute and as a trustee for her alma mater. Greco also served as Chair of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, one of the largest business Chambers in the U.S. During her tenure, the Paradigm Award, the Region’s most prestigious award given annually to a distinguished woman business and civic leader, was established.
During the past dozen years, she has held Director, Trustee and Committee Chair positions for a total of nine public and privately held corporations in various business sectors, most recently Sunoco, Inc and the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust.
She was the Chief Executive Officer and President of CoreStates Bank, N.A. and President of its parent corporation, CoreStates Financial Corp. During her tenure the bank, ranked as the eighteenth largest in the United States at the time, was recognized as one of America’s most profitable and efficient banks. CoreStates was also heralded for its corporate philanthropy, service quality, and its culture of employee empowerment and diversity.
Fidelity Bank and First Fidelity Bancorporation
Greco served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Fidelity Bank and as Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Retail Officer and director of First Fidelity Bancorporation.
Health care reform
Greco is also recognized as a dedicated civic and community leader, eventually adding public service to her voluntary commitments. For six years, she served as a member of Governor Edward G. Rendell’s Administration, in the cabinet-level position of Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Health Care Reform.
She became highly regarded in the Health Care Policy arena for her ground breaking initiatives, including: the codification and expansion of scope-of-practice parameters for nurses and non-physician health care professionals; an agreement with the State’s Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans which resulted in the contribution of several hundred million new dollars to provide health insurance for uninsured, low- wage working people; the country’s first comprehensive law requiring health-care-acquired infection reporting from hospitals and nursing homes.; and for creating and orchestrating the statewide initiatives of the Chronic Care Commission.
Her leadership, integrity and capacity to cross and integrate the great divides among the various interest groups and their lobbyists, enabled many reforms, which have and will continue to positively impact and enable accessible, quality and affordable health care in Pennsylvania.
Corporate and non-corporate positions
Greco is currently a Director of Exelon Corporation, Chair of its Compensation Committee and a member of its Executive, Governance and Energy Delivery committees. She also serves as a Director of the Board of PECO Energy, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation. Greco is also a Trustee of SEI MUTUAL FUNDS and is chair of its Governance Committee, and is a Director of the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust and chairs its Nominating and Governance Committee. She is also a Director Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Her current non-corporate positions include Chair of the Board of Overseers of the School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, a founding Advisory Board member of ASAP, an award-winning after-school activities program for inner-city youth, and Co-Chair of VISION 2020, a campaign to make equality a national priority through shared leadership among women and men.
She has served the City of Philadelphia as Chair of the first Women’s Commission, as a member of the City Planning Commission, as Chair of a task force, which drew the charter for Mayor Rendell’s Office for Management, Productivity and Planning, and as a member of the Executive Committee of the founding Board of Philadelphia’s Special Service District. Greco also served the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a member of the Casey Philadelphia Special Judiciary Nominating Panel, the Advisory Commission for the Department of Banking, as a member of Pennsylvania 2000, a statewide coalition for education reform, and as a member of the Foundation for a Drug Free Pennsylvania.
She founded and chaired the School-to-Career Leadership Council, personally recruiting and engaging Chief Executive Officer colleagues of the City’s major corporations to assume leadership responsibility for the Philadelphia School District’s Community Resource Boards. She has served on the Executive Committee of the Business Public School Partnership for Reform and as Chairman of the Philadelphia Youth Network. She founded and co-Chaired the Campaign for Human Capital for the School District of Philadelphia, which had as its goal the recruitment and retention of certified teachers for the City’s more than 150,000 public school students.
She served as interim President and CEO of the Philadelphia Private Industry Council, affecting the agency’s turnaround and establishing the infrastructure for implementing Pennsylvania and Philadelphia’s Welfare to Work Program.
She served as Chair of the Philadelphia Compact, a joint venture between the Pew Foundation and the Annenberg Center for Public Policy, which led the public effort to ensure the issue-based focus of the 1999 mayoral race.
Five years after having courted the Women’s NCAA to bring the Final Four to Philadelphia, Greco served as Co-Chair of Philadelphia’s sponsoring organization for the event. Under her leadership, this national event, for the first time, generated a significant surplus, which was designated for continuing support of girls’ athletics.
She is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including appointment as a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania, recipient of the Lucretia Mott Women’s Way Award, the John Wanamaker Award, and the U.S. Marine Corp Semper Fidelis Award.
Greco’s career, management style and significant business accomplishments have been documented and reviewed in major publications and in books on leadership, sales and financial management. She has also authored articles which have appeared in financial and business publications, including the Harvard Business Review.
- "Rendell addresses crisis in medicine, Rosemarie Greco, a former Phila. banking executive, is expected to run the Office of Health Care Reform.". Philadelphia Inquirer. January 14, 2003. p. B1. Retrieved 6 August 2012.