FirstMerit Appoints Pierce Vice Chairman of FirstMerit Corporation, Chairman and CEO - FirstMerit Michigan

 FirstMerit Appoints Pierce Vice Chairman of FirstMerit Corporation, Chairman
                        and CEO - FirstMerit Michigan

PR Newswire

AKRON, Ohio, Jan. 9, 2013

AKRON, Ohio, Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --FirstMerit Corporation (Nasdaq:
FMER) announces the appointment of Sandra (Sandy) E. Pierce as Vice Chairman
of FirstMerit Corporation and Chairman and CEO – FirstMerit Michigan,
effective February 1, 2013. Prior to joining FirstMerit, she was Midwest
Regional Executive, President and CEO for Charter One Bank, Michigan, a
division of RBS Citizens, N.A., where she had responsibilities for commercial
banking and all state bank activities in Michigan as well as oversight of all
state activities in Illinois and Ohio.

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Pierce will have direct oversight of and responsibility for Retail Banking,
Wealth Management Services, Corporate Marketing and coordination of
FirstMerit's anticipated business activities in the state of Michigan
following the expected merger with Citizens. She will report directly to Paul
G. Greig, Chairman, President and CEO of FirstMerit.

"I have known Sandy for nearly 20 years and have been very impressed with her
professionalism, her accomplishments and her commitment to businesses,
individuals and the communities she serves. We are excited to welcome her to
our executive leadership team," said Greig. "Sandy's experience with and
knowledge of the Michigan banking market will be invaluable with our pending
integration with Citizens as well as future growth opportunities."

Her banking career spans more than 30 years. Before joining Charter One in
2004, Pierce held several key executive positions at JPMorgan Chase, Bank One
and First Chicago NBD. Responsibilities have included commercial banking,
retail banking, private client services, systems integration, merger-related
conversion activities and marketing.

Pierce received her bachelor's degree in Business Administration/Marketing and
her MBA in Business Administration/Finance from Wayne State University. She is
a board member of Barton Barlow Enterprises and Penske Automotive Group. She
serves as chair of the Detroit Financial Advisory Board and chair of the Henry
Ford Health System. Current and past business associations and civic
involvements include board membership on Business Leaders for Michigan (Vice
Chair, Executive Committee; Audit Chair); Detroit Economic Club (Board of
Directors; Executive Committee); Detroit Regional Chamber (Prior Chair); and
The Parade Company (Chair, Board of Directors).

She has earned numerous recognitions for her service over the years, including
the Angel of Grace Award from the Grace Centers of Hope (2012); Crain's
Detroit Business Most Powerful Women (2011); dBusiness Powered by Detroit
Women (2011); Detroit News Michiganian of the Year (2011); Crain's Detroit
Business Most Powerful People (2010 and 2006); Michigan Roundtable for
Diversity and Inclusion Humanitarian Award (2009); and others.

She will continue to reside in Northville, Mich., with her family and divide
her time between Michigan and Akron.

About FirstMerit
FirstMerit Corporation is a diversified financial services company
headquartered in Akron, Ohio, with assets of $14.6 billion as of September30,
2012 and 196 banking offices and 204 ATM locations 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. Principal affiliates include: FirstMerit Bank,
N.A., FirstMerit Mortgage Corporation, FirstMerit Title Agency, Ltd. and
FirstMerit Community Development Corporation.

FirstMerit Corporation
Media Contact: Rob Townsend
Phone: 330.384.7075

SOURCE FirstMerit Corporation

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