FirstMerit Appoints Russ Strobel to Board of Directors

            FirstMerit Appoints Russ Strobel to Board of Directors

PR Newswire

AKRON, Ohio, July 19, 2012

AKRON, Ohio, July 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --FirstMerit Corporation (Nasdaq:
FMER) announces the appointment of Russ M. Strobel to the company's board of

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Strobel is the recently retired chairman, CEO and president of Nicor Inc. and
Nicor Gas Company, headquartered in Naperville, Ill. In those positions, he
was responsible for all of the operations of Nicor and its companies. Prior to
joining Nicor in 2000 as general counsel and corporate secretary, Strobel
served as partner in the law firms of Altheimer & Gray, Jenner & Block and
Friedman & Koven. During that time, he represented publicly and privately held
companies on a wide variety of subject matter areas including corporate
finance, governance and accounting.

"FirstMerit is pleased to welcome Russ to the board of directors," said Paul
G. Greig, chairman, president and CEO. "His experience and perspective will
provide our board and management team with new insight relating to our
business and our ability to succeed despite constantly changing economic
challenges and opportunities. With the addition of Russ to our board, we look
forward to continuing to provide the best service to our customers and
increasing value to our shareholders."

Strobel is a member of The Commercial Club of Chicago and a member of its
Civic Committee; a trustee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra where he chairs
the Audit Committee and serves on the Finance and Executive Committees; a
director and member of the Executive Committee of the Economic Club of
Chicago; a director and secretary/treasurer of the Illinois Business
Roundtable; and a member of the Dean's Advisory Committee for the University
of Illinois College of Law. He received a bachelor's degree from Northwestern
University and earned his law degree with high honors from the University of
Illinois. Strobel is also a director of MWH, a privately held global
engineering firm, and serves on the Capital Advisory Committee and the
Compensation and Executive Personnel Committee.

About FirstMerit

FirstMerit Corporation is a diversified financial services company
headquartered in Akron, Ohio, with assets of $14.7 billion as of March31,
2012 and 205 banking offices and 213 ATMs in Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, and
Chicago, Illinois areas. FirstMerit provides a complete range of banking and
other financial services to consumers and businesses through its core
operations. FirstMerit was named a 2011 Greenwich Associates Small Business
Banking Excellence Award winner in two national categories, Financial
Stability and Treasury Management – Customer Service, and was recognized for
Treasury Management – Overall Satisfaction in the Midwest for Middle Market
Banking. Principal wholly-owned subsidiaries include: FirstMerit Bank, N.A.,
FirstMerit Mortgage Corporation and FirstMerit Title Agency, Ltd.

FirstMerit Corporation
Media Contact: Rob Townsend
Phone: 330.384.7075

SOURCE FirstMerit Corporation

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