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John Taft

John Taft

CEO Of RBC Wealth Management – U.S.

John Taft is responsible for RBC’s wealth management growth strategy in the U.S., focusing on:

  • Helping clients achieve their financial objectives through full-service wealth management (investment management, retirement planning, cash management, credit and lending, insurance, trusts, estate planning, and other solutions); and in doing so
  • Enhancing the productivity of financial advisors and relationship managers in RBC's Private Client Group (PCG), Correspondent Services and Advisor Services businesses.


Mr. Taft has worked in financial services since 1981. He is Chair Emeritus of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), the leading securities industry trade group representing securities firms, banks and asset managers in the U.S. An industry thought leader, Mr. Taft frequently speaks at government and industry events and is widely quoted in the media.

Mr. Taft is the author of two books. His first book, Stewardship: Lessons Learned from the Lost Culture of Wall Street, published in 2012, looked back at the financial crisis and called on the industry to return to its stewardship principles. His latest book, A Force for Good: How Enlightened Finance Can Restore Faith in Capitalism, looks forward and offers innovative ideas on how the financial system needs to evolve to help secure a better future for everyone.

An active diversity advocate around issues of gender identity, Mr. Taft serves as executive sponsor of the firm’s Proud RBC Individuals for Diversity and Equality (PRIDE) employee resource group, representing the interests of LGBT employees and clients.

Mr. Taft graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and earned a master’s degree in public and private management from the Yale School of Organization and Management.


Mr. Taft is active on the boards of many non-profit, cultural and public service organizations. In his spare time, he enjoys athletic activities including golf, tennis and triathlons as well as collecting contemporary art.

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