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Citizens Financial Group adds Wendy A. Watson to the board

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Providence, R.I., USA - November 23, 2010, Providence, R.I., USA - Citizens Financial Group announced that Wendy A. Watson has been elected to its board of directors.

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Ms. Watson, a former business line CEO and active board member with more than 30 years experience in the financial services industry, also was elected to the RBS Citizens, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania boards of directors.

Ms. Watson is a former Executive Vice President, Global Services at State Street Bank & Trust Company, a leading provider of financial services to institutional investors. She joined State Street in 2000 as the Managing Director, Investment Manager Solutions.

Ms. Watson also led the bank’s Global Cost Leadership program and reduced annual operating expenses by $800 million. Before joining State Street, she was a senior vice president, Global Private Banking & Trust at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Prior to that Watson was President & CEO, CIBC Finance.

At Confederation Life Insurance Company in Toronto, Ms. Watson was Vice President and Chief Information Officer responsible for its technology strategy implementation across the company’s worldwide footprint.

Ms. Watson was also responsible for internal audit, security and administrative services. Watson began her career at Sun Life Assurance Company as a staff auditor. She worked her way up to Assistant Vice President, Internal Audit.

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