Paul Silva Promoted to First Financial President for Region

October 17, 2013

Cincinnati, OH – First Financial Bank announces the promotion of Paul Silva to Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky president. Silva will provide leadership for the team of commercial relationship managers serving clients throughout the region.

Paul Silva

“We are pleased Paul will be leading the local team here in Greater Cincinnati,” said Doug Lefferson, First Financial’s president of commercial banking and wealth management.

“With more than 20 years of commercial banking experience as well as serving as president of another local bank, he has a great understanding of what it takes to run a successful business. Paul and the local team look forward to continuing to provide the best lending and treasury management solutions to fit our clients’ needs now and into the future.”

Silva is a graduate of the College of Mount St. Joseph and Xavier University’s MBA program. Prior to joining First Financial in 2010, he served as president of Merchants Bank. In addition to his extensive experience in commercial lending and bank operations management, Silva is actively involved in the community and serves on the advisory board for the College of Mount St. Joseph’s business school. He is a graduate of Leadership Cincinnati Class 36 (2012-2013), and the past president and current board member of Financial Executives International. Silva also volunteers for schools and community organizations in Anderson Township, where he resides with his family.

Silva will continue to work at the bank’s corporate headquarters located at 255 East Fifth Street in downtown Cincinnati. Take another step on the path to success and schedule an appointment with Paul Silva today by calling (513) 979-5878 or e-mailing

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About First Financial Bancorp
First Financial Bancorp is a Cincinnati, Ohio based bank holding company. As of June 30, 2013, the Company had $6.3 billion in assets, $4.0 billion in loans, $4.8 billion in deposits and $695 million in shareholders’ equity. The Company’s subsidiary, First Financial Bank, N.A., founded in 1863, provides banking and financial services products through its three lines of business: commercial, retail and wealth management. The commercial and retail units provide traditional banking services to business and consumer clients. First Financial Wealth Management provides wealth planning, portfolio management, trust and estate, brokerage and retirement plan services and had approximately $2.5 billion in assets under management as of June 30, 2013. The Company’s strategic operating markets are located in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky where it operates 110 banking centers. Additional information about the Company, including its products, services and banking locations is available at