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Secretary and General Counsel, KeyCorp

Member of Executive Council, KeyCorp

Member of the Executive Leadership Team, KeyCorp

Paul N. Harris is secretary and general counsel of KeyCorp and oversees the corporation’s legal and government relations functions. Prior to joining KeyCorp in 2003, Paul served as partner-in-charge of the Cleveland office of Thompson Hine LLP where he managed significant client relationships and oversaw the office’s community and charitable support programs and administrative operations. Paul joined Thompson Hine in 1983 and practiced in the firm’s Corporate and Securities practice group before leaving the firm in 1988 to join Revco D.S., Inc. (now CVS), where he was elected as an executive officer in 1993. He rejoined Thompson Hine in 1997.

Paul is a past Chair of The Clearing House Association Managing Board of Directors and is the current Chair of the Association’s Governance Committee. Paul is a past President (2007-2008) of the Ohio Chapter of the Society for Corporate Governance (formerly known as the Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals, Inc.). He is the author of numerous articles, including “Effective Bank Governance in the Age of Heightened Expectations” in the 2nd Quarterly 2014 edition of Banking Perspective, the quarterly journal of The Clearing House. Paul is a recipient of the ORT America Jurisprudence Award (2007) and the Norman S. Minor Bar Association Trailblazer Award (2016). Paul served, as an appointee of Senators Sherrod Brown and George Voinovich, as Chair of the United States Senate Judicial Nominations Commission for the Southern District of Ohio (March 2009 to February 2011), and from May 2016 to October 2016, as an appointee of Senators Brown and Rob Portman, as Chair of the Commission. He is active in the Cleveland community, serving as a director and four-term past President of The City Club of Cleveland and as a member of the boards of Hawken School (for whom he is also a Vice Chair) and Breakthrough Charter Schools (for whom he is also Chair).

Paul received a bachelor of arts degree from The University of Chicago and his jurisprudence degree from Stanford Law School.