William Adams 

Assistant Vice President and Senior International Economist,
PNC Financial Services Group

William (Bill) Adams is assistant 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 European Union, 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.

Adams joined PNC in July 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 serves as vice president of The Economic Club of Pittsburgh, is a member of the Economics Advisory Council of the Duquesne University Palumbo Donahue School of Business, and is an advisory board member and center associate of the University of Pittsburgh Asian Studies Center.  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 September, 2013 by the Financial Times Press.

Adams holds a master degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and is a graduate of Harvard College.

Responsibilities

Forecasts economic conditions and exchange rates, covering emerging Asia, the European Union, Canada and Latin America. Also serves as the principal spokesperson on global economic issues for PNC, and frequently presents to PNC clients on the international economic outlook.

 

Corporate and Community Leadership

  • The Economic Club of Pittsburgh
  • Economics Advisory Council of the Duquesne University Palumbo Donahue School of Business
  • University of Pittsburgh Asian Studies Center