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PR-57-2001 (8-29-2001)

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Phil Battey (202) 898-6993

Donald E. Powell was sworn in today as the 18th Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

"I've spent my entire professional career as a banker and look forward to working with the dedicated and trusted people of the FDIC," said Chairman Powell. "This is an exciting time in the banking industry, and I am honored to be able to have a hand in shaping the issues that lie ahead."

John Reich, a director on the FDIC's board, has served as Acting Chairman since July 12, 2001.

Prior to being sworn in as FDIC Chairman, Mr. Powell was President and CEO of The First National Bank of Amarillo, Amarillo, Texas. He began his banking career in 1963 at First Federal Savings & Loan of Amarillo.

In addition to his professional experience as a banker, Mr. Powell has served on numerous boards at universities, civic associations, hospitals and charitable organizations.

Mr. Powell is a graduate of the West Texas State University with a degree in economics and has a wife and two grown sons.

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Congress created the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in 1933 to restore public confidence in the nation's banking system. The FDIC insures deposits at the nation's 9,840 banks and savings associations and it promotes the safety and soundness of these institutions by identifying, monitoring and addressing risks to which they are exposed.

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Last Updated 09/05/2001

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