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Huntington names FirstMerit exec to lead private client group

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Huntington Bank has tapped an executive to lead the Private Client Group once it completes its anticipated acquisition of FirstMerit Corp. in the third quarter.

The Columbus, Ohio-based bank named Sandra Pierce, a member of FirstMerit's executive team, senior executive vice president, Private Client Group, and regional banking director and chair of Michigan, it announced on Wednesday.

Huntington's Private Client Group includes Huntington Wealth and Investment Management, Huntington Private Bank, the Huntington Investment Co., national settlements and retirement services, it said.

Pierce will have responsibility for regional presidents supporting the Huntington Private Client Group and will report directly to Stephen Steinour, Huntington's chairman, president and CEO.
She will take over the role from James Dunlap, who will retire in 2017 as the initial phase of the integration of the two companies winds down, as reported by Bank Investment Consultant.

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Pierce joined FirstMerit in January 2013 as vice chairman, and chairman and CEO of FirstMerit Michigan, according to her LinkedIn profile. Prior to that, she was with Charter One Bank in a senior executive role.

"Sandy if going to be an outstanding leader for Huntington and I am looking forward to her joining our executive team," Steinour said in a statement.

Michael Robinson, executive vice president of wealth management services at FirstMerit, will become director of Huntington Wealth and Investment Management.

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