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Mary Zimmer of RBC Wealth Management Named as One of the “Women Worth Watching” by the Diversity Journal

MINNEAPOLIS (Sept. 27, 2010) – RBC Wealth Management announces that Mary Zimmer, head of Primary Advisor Services, has been recognized as one of 2010’s "Women Worth Watching" by the Profiles in Diversity Journal. Women selected for this honor were nominated by colleagues, peers and mentors for their initiative and achievements, and for representing diversity within the organization and industry.

"We are very proud of Mary’s leadership and achievements, and congratulate her for this well-deserved acknowledgement,” said John Taft, CEO of RBC U.S. Wealth Management. “Mary’s willingness to share her knowledge and expertise with others, coupled with her leadership on significant diversity-related initiatives and beyond, make Mary truly deserving of this award.”

A 25-year industry veteran, Zimmer was named head of Primary Advisor Services in 2006. She has been working at RBC Wealth Management since 1994 and has held a number of positions within the firm, including chief operating officer, chief administrative officer, and director of Global Equity Finance and Administration at RBC Capital Markets.

In addition to her current position, Zimmer is passionate about leveraging her role as an executive leader to spearhead diversity efforts within RBC Wealth Management, the industry and the community. She is a member of RBC’s Diversity Council; executive sponsor of RBC Wealth Management’s Diversity Leadership Council; executive sponsor of the Women’s Association of Financial Consultants; co-leader of the RBC Women and Visible Minorities Strategy Team; and mentor in the Reciprocal Mentoring/Diversity Dialogues Program. Zimmer also co-leads the newly-formed Wealth Management Platform Diversity Advisory Council. She is instrumental in the development and implementation of the firm’s women’s growth strategy.

Zimmer was recently named to the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Foundation Board of Directors. As part of this appointment, she will serve as a member of the SIFMA Foundation Board’s Marketing and Public Relations Committee. Additionally, in May, Zimmer was selected as one of the "Top 50 Women in Wealth Management" in an annual list by Wealth Manager Magazine.

“It is great to see that every year more and more companies answer the call to this issue’s purpose and mission,” said James Rector, Publisher and Managing Editor. “Aside from their leadership qualities and mentoring abilities, the fact that women encompass half the job market and make approximately eighty-percent of all consumer purchasing decisions should be enough encouragement for companies to understand why having women in executive ranks is so important.”

About RBC Wealth Management
In the United States, RBC Wealth Management operates as a division of RBC Capital Markets Corporation. Founded in 1909, RBC Capital Markets Corporation is a member of the New York Stock Exchange, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and other major securities exchanges, as well as the Securities Investor Protection Corp. RBC Wealth Management has over $160 billion of assets under administration and more than 2,200 financial consultants operating in over 200 locations in 42 states.

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