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Huntington Bank names John Irwin West Michigan regional president

January 31, 2013
| By Pete Daly |
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Huntington Bank names John Irwin West Michigan regional president

Huntington Bank (Nasdaq: HBAN) announced today that Huntington executive John Irwin of Grand Rapids has been named its West Michigan regional president, as part of a strategy to “strengthen the ongoing commitment to Michigan.”

Up to now, Jim Dunlap had served as West Michigan regional president, in addition to his other duties as Huntington’s regional and commercial banking director. He will continue in that role, leading the bank’s statewide strategy and engagement.

Both Irwin and Mike Fezzey, who has been the East Michigan regional president for Huntington since 2010, will report to Dunlap.

Irwin is a 32 year banking veteran who has been 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, orchestrating business development and service activities among all of Huntington’s businesses in the West Michigan region.

“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 community.”

When asked what he sees as the main challenge to U.S. banking in 2013, Irwin said it is regulatory compliance. Government regulation has increased as a result of bank failures in the recent recession, and now banks must commit much more staff to working continuously on risk issues.

Irwin has worked in banking in Arizona, Indiana and Ohio, as well as Grand Rapids. His experience in banking also includes international services, business banking and regional bank administration.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from DePauw University, an MBA from Indiana University and also graduated from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

Irwin is a board member of the Gerald R. Ford Council of the Boy Scouts of America, St. Cecilia Music Center and the Women’s Resource Center. He is also a Steering Committee member of the Huntington Colleagues’ Good Government Fund.

Huntington is expanding into new Michigan markets in partnership with Meijer, with 22 branches now in Meijer stores across Michigan.

Huntington is active in economic investments that benefit businesses and communities throughout the state, as demonstrated by being named the top SBA lender in Michigan for four years. As a partner in the state’s Pure Michigan Business Connect Program, Huntington has nearly completed fulfillment of its $2-billion commitment for commercial and small business lending in Michigan, two years ahead of the original four-year timetable.

Huntington is currently administering a record $100 million affordable housing investment commitment in the state.

Huntington is the sixth-largest bank in Michigan and reported 2012 net income of $641 million, an increase of 18 percent over 2011.

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