Huntington Bank Announces New Corporate Banking Leadership for Cleveland Region

Cleveland, OH - 17 November 2011

Longtime Cleveland banking executives join Huntington to sustain, strengthen C&I portfolio

Huntington Bank (NASDAQ: HBAN) has hired Richard Pohle as senior vice president, commercial region manager and Karen Davies as senior vice president, commercial team leader for the bank’s Cleveland region. Both Pohle and Davies report directly to Huntington’s regional corporate banking leader, Cleveland region President Dan Walsh.

“I am thrilled to have joined such a committed and accomplished leadership team at Huntington here in Cleveland”
Davies comes to Huntington from PNC and Pohle from KeyBank. Both are longtime Cleveland-based banking executives who bring a combined 46 years of experience in commercial and industrial banking to Huntington.

“Huntington will be a great environment for these two seasoned Cleveland-market corporate banking leaders,” Walsh said. “Rich and Karen’s experience will serve our deep customer relationships well.”

Rich Pohle

Pohle has joined Huntington to lead the bank’s Cleveland region commercial banking group. Most recently, he worked as senior vice president, division manager of the Asset Based Lending Group at KeyBank, which he built and managed from 2002. In his previous role, he oversaw client acquisition and cultivation, transaction underwriting and portfolio management.

Pohle began his 26-year career with Key in 1985. He has also served in senior leadership at Key supporting management of its investment bank, McDonald’s Investments, and large corporate lending and portfolio management. Pohle also worked in middle market lending while at Key.

Pohle earned his master’s in business administration from Case Western Reserve University and his bachelor’s in finance from Bowling Green State University. He earned his Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1997. He lives with his family in Solon.

“I am delighted to join Huntington to help lead the expansion of our corporate lending activities in the Cleveland region,” Pohle said. “Huntington has a tremendous value proposition for companies in this market, and I look forward to working with both existing and prospective clients to help them achieve their financial objectives.”

Karen Davies

Davies has joined Huntington to lead commercial portfolio management for the bank’s Cleveland region. Most recently, she worked as senior vice president, relationship manager of the Capital Markets, Equity Sponsor Group at PNC Bank, providing senior debt financing to middle market private equity firms.

Davies began her 20-year career with PNC precursor National City Bank in Cleveland in 1991 and returned in 2000. She has led small business banking portfolio management and has served in senior leadership positions in the Private Client Group, Commercial Lending and Asset Based Lending for National City. Additionally, she has worked as a vice president in corporate lending for KeyBank and Crestar/SunTrust.

Davies earned her master’s degree in business administration from Case Western Reserve University and her bachelor’s in business administration from Ohio’s Miami University. She lives with her family in Shaker Heights.

“I am thrilled to have joined such a committed and accomplished leadership team at Huntington here in Cleveland,” Davies said. “Huntington has made great strides in gaining local market share under Dan Walsh’s guidance, and I look forward to supporting and contributing to Huntington’s middle market relationship growth.”

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