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Bill Adams

SVP, Chief Economist
Comerica Bank

William (Bill) Adams is senior vice president and chief economist at Comerica Bank. He develops Comerica’s forecasts of the U.S. national economy, as well as forecasts of regional economies where Comerica’s clients do business. Under his leadership, Comerica Economics has been recognized by Bloomberg as one of the most accurate forecasters of the U.S. economy. Adams’ observations on the economy are highly sought-after, leading him to travel across the country providing numerous presentations each year to business executives, investors and policymakers. His commentary is frequently referenced in major financial news outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Fox Business and NPR’s Marketplace.

Adams joined Comerica in 2022 after spending the previous 10 years with The PNC Financial Services Group, where he served as the senior vice president and senior economist. At PNC, he developed forecasts of the U.S. national economy, regional economies and major foreign economies. Adams was a recipient of Consensus Economics’ award for most accurate forecaster of U.S. GDP and inflation in 2017, and was ranked by Bloomberg in the 90th percentile of exchange rate forecasters when he left PNC for Comerica. He began his career as a forecaster as The Conference Board’s China Economist from 2009 to 2011, and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

He is co-author of In Line Behind a Billion People: How Scarcity Will Define China’s Ascent in the Next Decade, published in 2013 by the Financial Times Press. He is a member of the Economic Advisory Committee of the American Bankers Association, the National Association for Business Economics, and the D/FW Association for Business Economics. He is also former president of the Economic Club of Pittsburgh; a former Associate of the University of Pittsburgh’s Asian Studies Center; and a former co-director of the Pittsburgh Warburg Chapter of the American Council on Germany.

Adams holds a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard.

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