FirstMerit Appoints Lochner President, FirstMerit Michigan

          FirstMerit Appoints Lochner President, FirstMerit Michigan

PR Newswire

AKRON, Ohio, Feb. 25, 2013

AKRON, Ohio, Feb. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --FirstMerit Corporation (Nasdaq:
FMER) announces the appointment of David J. Lochner as President, FirstMerit
Michigan. Lochner will have responsibility for and oversight of FirstMerit's
commercial banking operations in the state of Michigan, pending the closing of
FirstMerit's announced acquisition of Citizens Republic Bancorp. He will
report to David G. Goodall, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial
Banking Officer.

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Prior to joining FirstMerit, Lochner served as Director of Commercial Banking
in Michigan for RBS Citizens N.A., Member Royal Bank of Scotland Group, and
had overall responsibility for commercial, industrial and not-for-profit
clients in the middle market segment. Previously, he was a Senior Vice
President and Commercial Banking Division Head for LaSalle Bank Midwest. He
began his banking career at National Bank of Detroit, where he held various
positions in Corporate Banking, Middle Market Banking and Commercial Credit
Administration.

"With a career of nearly 30 years in commercial banking in Michigan, David
offers a strong local leadership perspective as we bring the FirstMerit name
to Michigan," said Goodall. "His leadership skills, knowledge of the Michigan
market and familiarity with business owners across the state will give us a
great advantage as we grow our commercial banking franchise."

Lochner earned his MBA in Finance from Washington University and his
Bachelor's degree in Instrumental Music Education from Eastern Michigan
University. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Music Hall Center for
the Performing Arts, the Board of Directors of the British American Business
Counsel of Michigan, the Board of Directors and the Fund Development Committee
of the Midnight Golf Program, and the Board of Trustees and the Executive
Committee of Lutheran Social Services of Michigan Foundation. He is also a
member of the Association for Corporate Growth. Previously, he served on the
Board of Directors, Executive and Finance Committees of the Michigan
Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion.  Lochner is a resident of West
Bloomfield, Michigan.

About FirstMerit
FirstMerit Corporation is a diversified financial services company
headquartered in Akron, Ohio, with assets of $14.9 billion as of December31,
2012 and 196 banking offices and 203 ATM locations in Ohio, Western
Pennsylvania, and Chicago 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
E-mail: robert.townsend@firstmerit.com

SOURCE FirstMerit Corporation

Website: http://www.firstmerit.com