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First Financial Bancorp (FFBC.OQ)

FFBC.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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7 Aug 2020
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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Claude Davis

59 2020 Chairman of the Board

Archie Brown

59 2018 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

James Anderson

48 2019 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

John Gavigan

41 2019 Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President

Karen Woods

51 2018 Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer, General Counsel

William Harrod

52 2017 Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer

Andrew Hauck

58 2019 Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Banking Office

Catherine Myers

58 Executive Vice President - Consumer Banking

Amanda Neeley

39 Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer

J. Wickliffe Ach

71 2019 Lead Independent Director

William Barron

70 2018 Independent Director

Vincent Berta

61 2018 Independent Director

Cynthia Booth

62 2010 Independent Director

Corinne Finnerty

63 2012 Independent Director

Susan Knust

66 2005 Independent Director

William Kramer

59 2005 Independent Director

John Neighbours

70 2016 Independent Director

Thomas O'Brien

63 2018 Independent Director

Maribeth Rahe

71 2010 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Claude Davis

Mr. Claude E. Davis serves as Chairman of the Board of the Company. He Mr. Davis became Chair of the Board of Directors of First Financial Bancorp. and First Financial Bank effective January 1, 2020. He previously served as Executive Chairman of both First Financial Bancorp. and First Financial Bank from April 1, 2018 through December 31, 2019, and as Chief Executive Officer of both companies from October 1, 2004 through March 31, 2018. Mr. Davis has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. Effective January 1, 2020, Mr. Davis accepted a position as the Managing Director of Brixey and Meyer Capital with responsibility for management of the portfolio companies and staff of the firm, and as a member of the board of directors of City Dash, a Brixey portfolio company and a Cincinnati-based logistics company. He previously served on the boards of directors of the Cincinnati Regional Economic Development Committee (REDI), the Cincinnati Business Committee and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland from 2013 to 2018.

Archie Brown

Mr. Archie M. Brown Jr. serves as President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. Mr. Brown is the President and Chief Executive Officer of First Financial Bancorp. and First Financial Bank, having been appointed to these positions effective April 1, 2018. Previously, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of MainSource from August 2008 until April 1, 2018. Mr. Brown also served as the Chairman of the Board of MainSource from April 2011 until April 1, 2018. During his 35 years in banking, Mr. Brown has held management positions in branch management, region management, bank operations (both deposit and loan), business development, small business and consumer lending. Mr. Brown has experience in many areas of banking, including enterprise risk management, change management, expense reduction initiatives, process re-engineering, balance sheet management and restructures, loan workout initiatives, business startups within the bank, business consolidation, market selection, branch and bank acquisitions and integration, board communication, investor and shareholder relations and working with bank regulators. Mr. Brown serves on the board and executive committee of the Cincinnati City Centre Development Corp (3CDC), is a board member of the Cincinnati Business Committee (CBC), a board member of United Way of Greater Cincinnati, and a board member of the Cincinnati Chamber Minority Business Accelerator Advisory Board. He served as the 2019 Campaign Chair for the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, and formerly served as a director of the Indiana Community Business Credit Corporation, the Indiana Bankers Association, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Greensburg Decatur County Economic Development Corporation.

James Anderson

Mr. James M. Anderson serves as Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of the Company. He became the Chief Financial Officer of First Financial and the Bank on April 1, 2018 following the merger of First Financial and MainSource. Previously Mr. Anderson served as the Chief Financial Officer of MainSource from January 2006 to April 2018. Prior to that role, he served in the following roles at MainSource: Administrative Vice President and Principal Accounting Officer from March 2005 to January 2006, Controller and Principal Accounting Officer from March 2002 to March 2005, and Controller from September 2000 to March 2002. Mr. Anderson is a certified public accountant (inactive).

John Gavigan

Mr. John M. Gavigan serves as Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President of the Company. He is the Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer for First Financial where he is responsible for Enterprise Digital Solutions, Information Technology, Operations, Customer Support Center, Project Management and Corporate Facilities. Mr. Gavigan was appointed to his current role in late 2018, having previously served as Chief Administrative Officer for the majority of 2018 and Chief Financial Officer from 2014 through early 2018. He joined the Company in 2008 as Assistant Controller and also served as Corporate Controller from 2011 into 2014. Mr. Gavigan is a certified public accountant (inactive).

Karen Woods

Ms. Karen Ball Woods serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer, General Counsel of the Company. She joined First Financial in April 2018 following the merger of First Financial and MainSource. She previously served as Corporate Counsel and Chief Risk Officer of MainSource from January 2016 to April 2018. Prior to joining MainSource, Ms. Woods was a partner at Krieg DeVault LLP in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ms. Woods previously served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable John G. Baker, Indiana Court of Appeals.

William Harrod

Mr. William R. Harrod serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer of the Company. He is the Chief Credit Officer of First Financial, a role he has held since October 2017. He is responsible for managing and monitoring the loan portfolio and other related credit functions in a risk appropriate manner including underwriting, approval, and collections. Mr. Harrod first joined First Financial in 2015 and has held various credit and management positions since then in specialty banking, corporate banking, commercial and industrial lending and commercial finance.

Andrew Hauck

Mr. Andrew K. Hauck serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Banking Office of the Company. Mr. Hauck joined the organization in January 2019 following a long career with another institution. In his current capacity, he is responsible for all facets of the wholesale business of the Bank, including direct lending, treasury and other fee-based services, deposit gathering in the Commercial and Industrial space, as well as the Bank’s specialized units (Investor Commercial Real Estate, Business Capital, Equipment Finance and Foreign Exchange). Mr. Hauck’s prior experience includes these areas as well as International Banking, Capital Markets, and other forms of specialty finance.

Catherine Myers

Ms. Catherine M. Myers serves as Executive Vice President - Consumer Banking of the Company. She has been Executive Vice President, Consumer Banking for First Financial and the Bank. She is responsible for Retail Banking, Wealth Management, Mortgage Banking and Business Banking. Cathy joined First Financial in 2018 and has over 34 years of experience in the banking industry. Prior to joining First Financial, Cathy served in various leadership capacities at U.S. Bank and Key Bank. Most recently she was the USB Consumer Bank Technology Executive. She began her career in banking as a Management Trainee for First National Bank of Southwestern Ohio.

Amanda Neeley

Ms. Amanda N. Neeley serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer of the Company. She is the Chief Strategy Officer of First Financial, a role she has held since 2016. Ms. Neeley is responsible for the launch and evolution of the First Financial brand, the introduction of the Premier Business Bank acquisition strategy, the advancement of sales process and enterprise CRM, and development of a formalized strategic planning program. Ms. Neeley has spent her entire career in banking with the Bank, beginning as a part-time teller during college and, after graduating in 2003, Marketing Coordinator.

J. Wickliffe Ach

Mr. J. Wickliffe Ach serves as Lead Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Ach retired on May 31, 2018 from his role as President and Chief Executive Officer of Hixson Inc., an architectural engineering firm located in Cincinnati, Ohio. He served in this role from 1993. Mr. Ach served as the Lead Independent Director of the Board of Directors of First Financial Bancorp in 2019. He previously served as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors. Mr. Ach presently serves on the board of directors of Setzer Corp. (a private corporation located in Dayton, Ohio that is a construction contractor) and on the board of trustees of Grote Enterprises (a private construction company located in Cincinnati, Ohio). Mr. Ach also serves on the board of directors of the CISE Foundation, a Cincinnati not-for-profit organization. He is or has been involved in a number of business and civic organizations, including the Cultural Facilities Task Force of Hamilton County, Ohio, relating primarily to the Cincinnati Museum Center and Music Hall facilities. Mr. Ach is President of the Union Terminal Corporation.

William Barron

Mr. William G. Barron serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Barron is a commercial-industrial real estate specialist. He has been Chairman and President of Wm. G. Barron Enterprises, Inc., a commercial real estate broker, manager and developer, since June 1994. Since 1997, Mr. Barron has been designated a Certified Commercial Investment Member, which signifies expertise in commercial real estate brokerage, leasing, valuation, asset management and investment analysis. In addition, Mr. Barron is President of Owensboro Self Bailment, LLC, a self-storage holding company, and Gunston, LLC, a real estate holding company. Prior to these activities, Mr. Barron served as Vice President (1974-81), President (1981-87) and Chairman and CEO (1987-94) of Barron Homes, Inc., a residential home building company. Mr. Barron previously served as a director of MainSource Financial Group, Inc. beginning in 1989 and as a director of MainSource Bank from 2011 until April 1, 2018, following prior service on the MainSource Bank board from 1983 to 2000. Mr. Barron is very active in his community in both civic and charitable positions, including Former Chairman of the Board of the Owensboro Family YMCA, YMCA Endowment Fund Committee, Former Board member of Mentor Kids Kentucky, Board member and past President of the Owensboro Homebuilders Association, and Board member of Owensboro Daviess County Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Barron has served as President of the Owensboro Rotary Club. Mr. Barron is a graduate of Leadership Owensboro and Leadership Kentucky.

Vincent Berta

Mr. Vincent A. Berta serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Berta currently serves as the President and Managing Director of Covington Capital, LLC, a private investment firm providing specialized investment banking and advisory services primarily to financial, real estate and investment companies. Mr. Berta has 35 years of experience in the financial services industry, previously serving as the Executive Vice President and Regional Chairman of US Bank Corporation, the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Trans Financial, Inc., a $2.3 billion bank acquired by US Bank Corporation in 1998, and a partner in Landmark Financial Advisors, Inc., a registered investment advisory company he co-founded in 2002. Mr. Berta also served as a chief financial officer and in various other roles for banking institutions. Mr. Berta is active in various community and civic associations, including work on the Focus 2030 Comprehensive Plan, which was formed to provide a community framework for growth in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Mr. Berta previously served as a director of MainSource Financial Group, Inc. and MainSource Bank from 2016 until April 1, 2018.

Cynthia Booth

Ms. Cynthia O. Booth serves as Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Booth is the President and Chief Executive Officer of COBCO Enterprises, LLC, the owner and operator of eight McDonald's restaurants in the Cincinnati area. Prior to forming COBCO in 2000, she held various executive positions at Firstar Bank (now U.S. Bank) in Cincinnati, including President, Firstar Bank Foundation, Senior Vice President—Director of Community Development, Vice President of Private Wealth Group, Vice President of Residential Real Estate, Vice President of Human Resources, and before that was President of Diversified Solutions, Inc., a bank consulting firm. Ms. Booth is active in several civic and community organizations, including serving as a director and the treasurer of the Greater Cincinnati Regional Chamber of Commerce and as a director of the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati.

Corinne Finnerty

Ms. Corinne R. Finnerty is an Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Finnerty is the principal and sole shareholder of the law firm of McConnell Finnerty PC located in North Vernon, Indiana. She has over 35 years of experience representing financial institutions in a wide variety of legal matters. Ms. Finnerty was previously a director of a former affiliate bank of First Financial from 1987 to 2005 and joined the board of the Company in 1998. Ms. Finnerty served as a member of the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission from 2003 to 2013. She currently serves as a Commissioner on the Indiana State Ethics Commission, having been appointed to a 4 year term by Indiana's Governor beginning in January 2018. Ms. Finnerty's deep roots in the North Vernon, Indiana area provide representation on the Board for our southeast Indiana market. Her participation for ten years on the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission and her current position as a Commissioner on the Indiana State Ethics Commission allow her to provide insight on governance and ethical issues. Furthermore, her years as a practicing attorney, including the representation of financial institutions for over 35 years, give her an enhanced perspective on legal and regulatory issues.

Susan Knust

Ms. Susan L. Knust serves as Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Knust is the owner and managing partner or president of several businesses engaged in the ownership, leasing and management of commercial real estate. As a seasoned business owner and entrepreneur for 35 years in the areas of manufacturing, warehousing and industrial real estate, Ms. Knust brings valuable insight to the Board in strategic and other matters. Ms. Knust's business interests are similar in size to our key client base and she also has an understanding of the Cincinnati market. As a female business owner, her perspective and experiences have proven valuable to the Company.

William Kramer

Mr. William J. Kramer CPA serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Kramer is the Vice President of Operations and a member of the board of directors of Valco Industries, Inc. which has principal offices in New Holland, Pennsylvania and whose principal activity is the design, manufacture, and sale of equipment used in the animal production industry. He has held his current position, since 2008, having previously held other executive positions at Valco Industries, Inc. Mr. Kramer was previously a director of a former affiliate bank of First Financial from 1987 to 2005 and joined the board of First Financial in 2005. Mr. Kramer has been a CPA since 1984 with both public accounting and private company experience providing experience in financial reporting and accounting controls. He qualifies as an audit committee financial expert. Furthermore, his tenure with our Company or a bank affiliate provides valuable historical perspective on both the Company and the banking industry.

John Neighbours

Mr. John T. Neighbours serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Neighbours is General Counsel and Board Secretary of AmeriQual Group Holdings, an aggregation of companies that produce, package and distribute food products for branded food companies, retailers and the US government, located in Evansville, Indiana. Previously, Mr. Neighbours was a partner in the law firm of Faegre Baker Daniels until his retirement on January 1, 2018, where he practiced for over 40 years, representing employers throughout the country in all aspects of labor and employment law. Additionally, he served as an advisor to business, educational and not-for-profit executives on a variety of business and legal issues. Mr. Neighbours is General Counsel and Board Secretary of AmeriQual Group Holdings, an aggregation of companies that produce, package and distribute food products for branded food companies, retailers and the US government, located in Evansville, Indiana. Previously, Mr. Neighbours was a partner in the law firm of Faegre Baker Daniels until his retirement on January 1, 2018, where he practiced for over 40 years, representing employers throughout the country in all aspects of labor and employment law. Additionally, he served as an advisor to business, educational and not-for-profit executives on a variety of business and legal issues.

Thomas O'Brien

Mr. Thomas Murray O'Brien serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. O'Brien retired from Procter & Gamble in 2010 after 31 years of service, primarily in management positions in the areas of sales, IT and marketing. Mr. O'Brien served as Vice President Customer Business Development, Global Business Units and Global eCommerce from 2007 until his retirement. During his time at Procter & Gamble, Mr. O'Brien developed strategies, conceptual innovations and relationships that consistently delivered successful results in revenue, market share and productivity. Mr. O'Brien is currently a senior advisor with the Boston Consulting Group, working with many top consumer product companies on commercial strategies. Mr. O'Brien also currently serves as Chairman of Simpactful Consulting, is on the advisory board for Harry's, Inc., is a director of One 80 Place and has served on the National Board of Inroads and the St. Vincent De Paul Cincinnati board of directors. Mr. O'Brien previously served as a director of MainSource Financial Group, Inc. and MainSource Bank from 2010 until April 1, 2018. Mr. O'Brien's extensive experience in sales and marketing, his management experience, and his experience interacting with the board of directors of a publicly traded company provides valuable perspective to the Board and the Company.

Maribeth Rahe

Ms. Maribeth S. Rahe serves as Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Rahe is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Inc., positions she has held since 2003. Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Inc. is an investment management firm and wholly owned subsidiary of Western & Southern Financial Group located in Cincinnati, Ohio. She also serves on the board of directors of Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Inc. Ms. Rahe has more than 48 years of experience in the banking and financial services industries with more than 30 years of experience in management or executive management positions. Since 2005, Ms. Rahe has served as a director of Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNSL) which is an integrated communication services company located in Mattoon, Illinois that provides exchange carrier and broadband services. She serves as the chair of the audit committee and also on the compensation committee of the company.

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