First Niagara Announces Liam Brickley as Chief Credit Officer

First Niagara Announces Liam Brickley as Chief Credit Officer

BUFFALO, N.Y., Jan. 8, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Niagara Financial Group,
Inc. (Nasdaq:FNFG) today announced Liam Brickley as the multi-state bank's
Chief Credit Officer.

As Chief Credit Officer, Brickley will be responsible for all aspects of First
Niagara's credit administration function and policies and will report to First
Niagara Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer Richard Barry.

"Liam is a well-rounded banker with deep technical knowledge, enterprise-wide
perspective, strong leadership skills, and a well-deserved reputation as a
collaborative business partner," said Barry. "I am thrilled to have him join
our organization and am confident that he will add value immediately. I would
like to thank and recognize Kevin O'Bryan, who has served as our Chief Credit
Officer, for his contributions and leadership, and wish him well as he pursues
a well-deserved retirement."

Brickley joins First Niagara after a 20-year career at Citizens Financial
Group where he most recently served as Chief Credit Officer for the wholesale
bank. Prior to that, Brickley worked at Wells Fargo managing various
commercial lending businesses and portfolios.

Brickley earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Saint
Joseph's University, and his Master of Business Administration from Drexel

About First Niagara

First Niagara, through its wholly owned subsidiary, First Niagara Bank, N.A.,
is a multi-state community-oriented bank with approximately 430 branches,
approximately $36 billion in assets, $28 billion in deposits, and
approximately 6,000 employees providing financial services to individuals,
families and businesses across Upstate New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and
Massachusetts. For more information, visit For more
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CONTACT: First Niagara Contacts
         Ram Shankar
         Senior Vice President, Investor Relations
         (716) 270-8623
         News Media:
         Jodi Johnston
         Director, Corporate Media Relations
         (716) 270-8612
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