Henry Meyer III, the former chairman and CEO at KeyCorp who guided the Cleveland company through the financial crisis, has died at the age of 70. Meyer died Feb. 11 2020 in his sleep at his home in Naples, Fla Meyer began his four-decade career in banking when he joined Society National Bank in Cleveland in 1972. He worked his way through the management ranks and became president and chief operating officer in 1990 and was elevated to CEO in 1993. He joined the board in 1994, the same year Society merged with KeyCorp, which at the time was based in Albany, N.Y., in a deal that created a regional bank with nearly $70 billion of assets. In 1995, Meyer was appointed chief operating officer of the combined institution. Two years later, he was named president and in 2001 he became chairman and CEO. Meyer was a 1972 graduate of Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1978. (Corporate Governance Committee, Executive Committee, Human Resources Committee). Director since September 2003. Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of KeyCorp (banking) since May 2001. President and Chief Executive Officer of KeyCorp (January 2001-May 2001). Director of KeyCorp.