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First Financial Announces New Commercial & Consumer Banking Executives
by First Financial Bank

Cincinnati, OH – February 5, 2019 –  First Finanical is announcing the upcoming retirement of Chief Banking Officer Tony Stollings. Stollings has been a key member of the bank’s leadership team for more than 12 years.

The bank has hired Andy Hauck to serve as the commercial banking executive and Cathy Myers to serve as the consumer banking executive. Stollings will work closely with Hauck, Myers and the entire leadership team to ensure a smooth transition for associates and clients until his retirement later this year.

“Tony has been an integral part of First Financial’s transformation and growth into the high-performing company that we are today. We are very happy for Tony and appreciate his many years of service to our company,” said Archie Brown, First Financial’s president and CEO. “I am very excited to have Andy and Cathy join the First Financial team. I believe they both bring the right mix of experience, leadership and strategic thinking that will help their teams continue to provide responsive service and comprehensive solutions to meet the needs of our clients, while helping us achieve even greater levels of success.”

Hauck, a seasoned commercial banking leader, joins First Financial with more than 30 years of experience. As commercial banking executive, Hauck will lead the team across the bank’s footprint in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky focusing on investment commercial real estate, commercial banking, business capital, equipment finance and treasury management.

“We are pleased to welcome Andy to our team,” Brown continued. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise that will allow us to continue to deliver high-quality services and solutions to our clients while building new capabilities to expand our commercial banking offerings,” continued Brown.

Hauck is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. Prior to joining First Financial, he worked for Fifth Third Bank for many years as a corporate banking executive and after that served as managing director with Lazear Capital Partners. Hauck is an active member of the community and has served as a board member of United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cincinnati, Sherwin Star Sports Foundation and All Saints Parish.

Cathy Myers has also joined the bank as the consumer banking executive. In this role, Myers will oversee the day-to-day operations of the consumer, business banking, wealth and mortgage banking groups while driving strategic initiatives designed to further assist our clients in achieving their goals.

“We’re thrilled Cathy is joining the First Financial team to lead our newly aligned consumer banking group,” said Brown. “With more than 30 years of financial experience, Cathy has a deep understanding and passion for growing the business, incorporating innovative technology and building solid relationships with clients and the communities we serve.”

Cathy graduated with honors from West Virginia University and earned a master’s degree in business administration from Xavier University. Prior to joining First Financial Bank, she held leadership positions with U.S. Bank, Key Bank, and First National Bank of Southwestern Ohio. Cathy is actively involved in the local community. She is a faculty member of Consumer Bankers Association Graduate School of Banking, an alumni of the Cincinnati Chamber’s Leadership Cincinnati program, and has served as board member of the Red Cross and United Way of Greater Cincinnati. She founded United Way Women Investing in the Next Generation (WINGs) and was a founding member and steering committee chair of 100 Wise Women. This year, Cathy will be assisting in leading the Greater Cincinnati United Way Campaign.

“Our success wouldn’t be possible without our talented team and the strong relationships they build with our clients. Together, we will continue the company’s long tradition of providing excellent results and exceeding our clients’ expectations,” concluded Brown.

For more information about First Financial, visit www.bankatfirst.com or connect with the bank on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/FirstFinancialBank.

About First Financial

First Financial Bancorp. is a Cincinnati, Ohio based bank holding company. As of December 31, 2018, the Company had $14.0 billion in assets, $8.8 billion in loans, $10.1 billion in deposits and $2.1 billion in shareholders’ equity. The Company’s subsidiary, First Financial Bank, founded in 1863, provides banking and financial services products through its six lines of business: Commercial, Retail Banking, Investment Commercial Real Estate, Mortgage Banking, Commercial Finance and Wealth Management. These business units provide traditional banking services to business and retail clients. Wealth Management provides wealth planning, portfolio management, trust and estate, brokerage and retirement plan services and had approximately $2.6 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2018. The Company’s primary operating markets are located in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky where it operated 158 banking centers as of December 31, 2018, while the Commercial Finance business lends into targeted industry verticals on a nationwide basis. Additional information about the Company, including its products, services and banking locations, is available at www.bankatfirst.com.