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Citizens: Edward O. Handy III to president, Citizens Bank, Rhode Island

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Providence, R. I., USA - July 26, 2009, Providence, R. I., USA - Citizens Financial Group announced that Edward O. Handy III, president of Citizens Real Estate Finance, has been appointed president, Citizens Bank, Rhode Island.

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Mr. Handy is a graduate of Brown University with a bachelor's degree in urban studies. Prior to joining CFG, Mr. Handy spent 10 years at Fleet Financial Group in Providence, where he held positions in commercial real estate lending and in the managed asset division. Mr. Handy is a member of CFG's Executive Leadership Group and is based in Providence. Mr. Handy will retain his Commercial Real Estate Finance oversight responsibilities for the CFG footprint. He joined CFG in 1995 as a commercial banker in Rhode Island and since then has held numerous senior leadership roles throughout the CFG franchise. Prior to his appointment as President of Citizens Bank in Rhode Island, Mr. Handy served as President of Citizens Real Estate Finance, overseeing CFG's commercial real estate finance division, across its franchise. Previously, he served as President of CFG's Midwest bank Charter One in Ohio from 2004 to 2008, overseeing the bank's commercial, business banking and retail operations. In Ohio, Mr. Handy was active on several boards, including Greater Cleveland Partnership, United Way of Greater Cleveland and Neighborhood Progress, Inc. From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Handy was President of Citizens Bank, Connecticut, with responsibility for all commercial banking activity, including commercial lending, commercial real estate lending and community banking. He was actively involved with several nonprofits, including Read to Grow, an organization that Citizens helped create to provide books to under-served children in the st


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