Huntington Bank Names Barbara Benham Director of Corporate Communications and Government Relations

  Huntington Bank Names Barbara Benham Director of Corporate Communications
  and Government Relations

Business Wire

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- December 04, 2012

Huntington Bank (NASDAQ: HBAN; www.huntington.com) has named Barbara Benham
director of corporate communications and government relations, the bank
announced today. She has served as interim director for the past year,
reporting to Steve Steinour, Huntington’s chairman, president and CEO. Benham
has led the bank’s government relations department for the past 10 years and
has extensive experience in building partnerships in the communities the bank
serves.

Barbara will continue to oversee public relations, internal communications,
and government relations. During her year in the position, she has helped to
raise awareness in the community about Huntington, increase communications
with Huntington colleagues and build strong innovative partnerships with
elected officials, civic organizations and community groups.

“Barbara is one of the country’s top government relations professionals in the
banking industry,” said Steinour. “Over the past year, she has helped
strengthen Huntington’s business during a time of tremendous growth. She has
taken on a new role and improved our corporate communications strategy, while
continuing to lead government relations at a critical period for financial
services.She is extremely active in our communities and dedicated to finding
innovative solutions for our customers, colleagues and shareholders. She is
the right leader to help guide Huntington’s communications and government
affairs as the bank continues to grow.”

“Huntington has demonstrated an industry-leading commitment to our customers
and communities,” said Benham. “We have created innovative, customer-friendly
banking products and groundbreaking partnerships in our markets that position
us to drive economic recovery in the neighborhoods we serve.”

Benham has nearly 20 years of experience in community and government
relations. She has worked for a wide variety of organizations spanning the
nonprofit, civic, corporate and government sectors. Before joining Huntington
in 1998, she served as the development director for Children’s Hunger
Alliance, manager of the Wexner Center Foundation, as an account executive at
RWA Management and Marketing, and in senior leadership roles for statewide and
federal political campaigns.

Based in Columbus, Benham currently serves on the Board of Directors for The
Community Shelter Board, The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, Just Think, Inc,
The Capital Square Foundation, and is Chair of the Government Affairs Steering
Committee for the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce. She previously served
on the Board of the YWCA Columbus, the Homeless Families Foundation, and was
inducted as a member of the Ohio Commodores for her volunteer work in economic
development.

A native of Kettering, Ohio, Benham earned a bachelor’s degree from Loyola
University Chicago.

About Huntington

Huntington Bancshares Incorporated is a $56 billion regional bank holding
company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. The Huntington National Bank, founded
in 1866, provides full-service commercial, small business, and consumer
banking services; mortgage banking services; treasury management and foreign
exchange services; equipment leasing; wealth and investment management
services; trust services; brokerage services; customized insurance brokerage
and service programs; and other financial products and services. The principal
markets for these services are Huntington’s six-state banking franchise: Ohio,
Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, West Virginia, and Kentucky. The primary
distribution channels include a banking network of more than 690 traditional
branches and convenience branches located in grocery stores and retirement
centers, and through an array of alternative distribution channels including
internet and mobile banking, telephone banking, and more than 1,380 ATMs.
Through automotive dealership relationships within its six-state banking
franchise area and selected other Midwest and New England states, Huntington
also provides commercial banking services to the automotive dealers and retail
automobile financing for dealer customers.

Contact:

Huntington Bancshares Incorporated
Maureen M. Brown, 614-480-5512
maureen.brown@huntington.com
 
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