William Adams - Past President
The PNC Financial Services Group
William (Bill) Adams is vice president and senior international economist for The PNC Financial Services Group. His responsibilities include forecasting economic conditions and exchange rates, covering emerging Asia, the Eurozone, Canada and Latin America. Adams serves as the principal spokesperson on global economic issues for PNC, and frequently presents to PNC clients on the international economic outlook. In March 2015, he was named vice president.
Adams joined PNC in 2011 after serving as resident economist for The Conference Board China Center from 2009 to 2011. In that position he served as spokesman on the Chinese business cycle and was a designer of The Conference Board Leading Economic Index for China®, a widely followed, market-moving economic indicator. Adams lived in China for five of the past ten years and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
He is a member of the Economics Advisory Council of the Duquesne University Palumbo Donahue School of Business, is an advisory board member and center associate of the University of Pittsburgh Asian Studies Center, and was a 2014 American Council on Germany Young Leader. He serves on the board of directors of the Economic Club of Pittsburgh, the local chapter of National Association of Business Economics (NABE).
Adams is co-author with Damien Ma 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, and translated into Chinese in 2014 by Gusa Publishing (Taiwan).
Adams holds a master degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and is a graduate of Harvard College.