Fifth Third Bank NA announced the appointment of Michele Mullins as the company’s first climate risk officer.

The role expands Mullins’ duties as director of enterprise risk governance and business support and reflects the bank’s commitment to environmental sustainability leadership.

In nearly 20 years with Fifth Third, Mullins has held several management roles in risk and in the commercial line of business. In her new role, her responsibilities include benchmarking with peer firms and ensuring Fifth Third remains aligned with industry trends, including the bank’s efforts around publishing the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures report.

Mullins will continue to report to Bob Shaffer, executive vice president and chief risk officer.