Huntington Bank Strengthens Michigan Leadership with New West Michigan Regional President John Irwin

  Huntington Bank Strengthens Michigan Leadership with New West Michigan
  Regional President John Irwin

Promotion of experienced local executive Irwin to West Michigan leadership is
part of Huntington’s statewide strategy toward broader involvement in Michigan

Business Wire

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- January 31, 2013

In a move designed to strengthen the ongoing commitment to Michigan by
Huntington Bank (NASDAQ: HBAN;, longtime local executive
John Irwin has been named West Michigan president. Irwin is taking over
leadership of the region from Huntington’s Regional and Commercial Banking
Director Jim Dunlap, who will continue to lead the bank’s statewide strategy
and engagement.

Irwin is a 32-year banking veteran who has been a part of Huntington’s West
Michigan commercial banking business for nearly 11 years, most recently as
corporate banking regional manager. In his new role, Irwin will lead the
commercial business segment and orchestrate business development and service
activities among all of Huntington’s businesses in the West Michigan region,
while deepening the bank’s community relationships.

“John already does a great job as a leader for Huntington in West Michigan,”
said Steve Steinour, chairman, president and CEO. “It is a natural move for
him to take on the role of president for the region, continuing the positive
contributions he has supported as a leader in the West Michigan business

In addition to his work in Grand Rapids, Irwin has worked in banking
throughout Arizona, Indiana and Ohio. His experience in the industry also
includes international services, business banking and regional bank
administration. He earned his bachelor’s from DePauw University and his
master’s of business administration from Indiana University, and is also a
graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

“Huntington’s proven support for business to drive economic performance,
particularly in Michigan, makes taking on my new role a welcome challenge,”
Irwin said. “It is rewarding to represent a bank that is so intensely
dedicated to its customers and communities.”

Irwin is a board member of the Gerald R. Ford Council, St. Cecilia Music
Center and the Women’s Resource Center, and is also a Steering Committee
member of the Huntington Colleagues’ Good Government Fund (HBI-PAC). In
addition to his community involvement as a volunteer and active member with
his wife Martha at Ada Bible Church, Irwin is an avid outdoorsman and
triathlon competitor.

As West Michigan region president, Irwin’s new responsibilities will include
collaboration with his counterpart for Huntington to the east, East Michigan
region President Mike Fezzey, as the two seek to maximize corporate areas of
focus in support of Michigan economic growth and prosperity. Both Irwin and
Fezzey will continue to report to Dunlap, who will collaborate with them on
deepening Huntington’s statewide focus. Huntington is significantly expanding
into new Michigan markets in partnership with Meijer, and already serves as a
leader in economic investment partnership benefiting businesses and
communities throughout the state.

“As a major advocate in my personal and professional life for Michigan’s
strong future, I am thrilled at Huntington’s decision to deepen Michigan
leadership resources toward an increasingly unified approach for its business
here,” said David Porteous, lead director of the Board of Directors of
Huntington Bancshares Inc. and a Michigan native. “This new role for John,
along with Mike’s continuing leadership from greater Detroit, will facilitate
Huntington’s elevated emphasis on Michigan during continuing expansion in the

“I have every confidence in John’s abilities to continue the work that
Huntington is doing in West Michigan, that he has already so significantly
supported,” Dunlap said. “I am looking forward to having even more resources
committed to Michigan that will continue to drive consistent positive outcomes
across the board in the state’s diverse communities.”

As a founding bank partner in the state’s Pure Michigan Business Connect
Program, Huntington has nearly completed fulfillment of its $2 billion
commercial and small business lending commitment to Michigan companies.
Huntington is also currently administering a record $100 million affordable
housing investment commitment in the state, and expanding into new Michigan
locations in partnership with Meijer stores and via recent acquisition in
greater Detroit.

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 700 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 1,300 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.

The Huntington National Bank, Member FDIC. The logo mark and Huntington^® are
federally registered service marks of Huntington Bancshares Incorporated.


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