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First Financial Bancorp (FFBC.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Murph Knapke

70 2009 Non-Executive Independent Chairman of the Board

Anthony Stollings

62 2017 President and Chief Banking Officer of First Financial Bancorp. and First Financial Bank

Claude Davis

56 2014 Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company and Bank

J. Wickliffe Ach

68 2012 Independent Vice Chairman of the Board

John Gavigan

38 2016 Chief Financial Officer

Richard Dennen

50 2016 President - Commercial Finance Group of the Bank

Bradley Ringwald

43 2016 President - Community Banking of the Bank

Shannon Kuhl

46 2016 Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary of the Company and Bank

William Sorg

43 2014 Chief Risk Officer of the company and Bank

Matthew Burgess

57 2014 Chief Internal Auditor of the Comapny and the Bank

David Barker

65 2010 Independent Director

Cynthia Booth

59 2010 Independent Director

Corinne Finnerty

60 2012 Independent Director

Peter Geier

59 2014 Independent Director

Susan Knust

63 2005 Independent Director

William Kramer

56 2005 Independent Director

Jeffrey Meyer

51 2014 Independent Director

John Neighbours

67 2016 Independent Director

Richard Olszewski

67 2005 Independent Director

Maribeth Rahe

68 2010 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Murph Knapke

Mr. Murph Knapke is Non-Executive Independent Chairman of the Board of the Company. Mr. Knapke is a partner of Knapke Law Office located in Celina, Ohio. He has served as the Company’s Chairman of the Board since 2009 and has guided the Company through its many significant events since that time. Mr. Knapke has tenure with our Company or a bank affiliate since 1983 and provides valuable historical perspective on both the Company and the banking industry. His deep roots in the Celina, Ohio area provide representation on the Board for our Northwest Ohio market. His years as a practicing attorney give him an enhanced perspective on legal and regulatory issues, Board fiduciary duties, and a balanced perspective with regard to merger and acquisition opportunities.

Anthony Stollings

Mr. Anthony M. Stollings has been appointed as President and Chief Banking Officer of First Financial Bancorp. and First Financial Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company. In this position, Mr. Stollings will oversee all banking operations of First Financial Bank including Consumer Banking, Commercial and Private Banking, Mortgage Banking, and Investment Commercial Real Estate lending. Mr. Stollings was President, Chief Operating Officer of First Financial Bancorp and President, Consumer Banking and Chief Operating Officer of First Financial Bank. He was appointed to the position of President, Consumer Banking in January 2017 and the positions of President, Chief Operating Officer for First Financial Bancorp and Chief Operating Officer for First Financial Bank in December 2014. He served as the Chief Financial Officer of each of First Financial Bancorp and First Financial Bank from January 2013 through November 2014. Mr. Stollings also served as the Chief Risk Officer of each of First Financial Bancorp and First Financial Bank from September 2011 through January 2013. Mr. Stollings served as the Chief Accounting Officer of each of First Financial Bancorp and First Financial Bank from his hire in December 2006 until September 2011.

Claude Davis

Mr. Claude E. Davis is Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company and Bank., a subsidiary of First Financial Bancorp. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board of First Financial Bank. Mr. Davis has over 29 years of experience in the financial services industry. Mr. Davis was elected to the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland in 2013 and has served on its Executive Committee and Audit Review Committee since January 2014. Beginning January 1, 2016, he is the chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s board Audit Review Committee. Mr. Davis also serves as a member of the Cincinnati Business Committee and the American Banker’s Council.

J. Wickliffe Ach

Mr. J. Wickliffe Ach is Independent Vice Chairman of the Board of the Company. Mr. Ach currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hixson Inc., an architectural engineering firm located in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has held these positions with Hixson Inc. since 1993. He presently serves on the board of directors of Hixson Inc. and Setzer Corp. (a private corporation located in Dayton, Ohio that is a construction contractor). 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. He also is on the board of trustees of the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati.

John Gavigan

Mr. John M. Gavigan is Chief Financial Officer of First Financial Bancorp and First Financial Bank. He was appointed to these roles in December 2014. He previously served as Corporate Controller from 2011 through 2014 and as Assistant Controller from 2008 through 2011. Mr. Gavigan is a certified public accountant (inactive).

Richard Dennen

Mr. Richard S. Dennen, CPA., is President - Commercial Finance Group of the Bank of the Company, effective September 2016. He previously served as the President of First Financial Bank’s wholly owned subsidiary, Oak Street Funding, LLC. Mr. Dennen founded Oak Street Funding in 2003 and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer through the purchase of the company by the Bank in August 2015. Mr. Dennen is a certified public accountant.

Bradley Ringwald

Mr. Bradley J. Ringwald is President - Community Banking of the Bank of the Company. He oversees the bank’s development efforts for Commercial, Mortgage, and Wealth Management teams and works closely with local market leadership. He previously served as the President of Corporate and Specialty Banking of First Financial Bank from February 2016 to September 2016. Mr. Ringwald also served as the President of Specialty Banking from July 2014 until February 2016, the President of Corporate Banking from September 2013 until July 2014, the Commercial and Industrial Lending Product Manager from July 2011 to September 2013, and the Senior Vice President of Commercial and Industrial Lending from February 2010 to July 2011. Mr. Ringwald first joined First Financial in 2006. Mr. Ringwald has over 20 years of commercial banking experience and is a certified public accountant (inactive).

Shannon Kuhl

Ms. Shannon M. Kuhl is Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary of the Company and Bank, since September 2016. She served as Chief Bank Counsel from August 2013 until November 2013. Ms. Kuhl served as Associate General Counsel from her hire in 2006 until August 2013.

William Sorg

Mr. William J. Sorg is Chief Risk Officer of First Financial Bancorp and First Financial Bank, effective December 1, 2014. He previously served as the First Vice President of Financial Planning and Balance Sheet Management from April 2013 through November 2014. Mr. Sorg joined First Financial in October 2009 as the Vice President of Asset Liability Management, a position he held through March 2013.

Matthew Burgess

Mr. Matthew B. Burgess is Chief Internal Auditor of First Financial Bancorp and First Financial Bank. He held audit department leadership and general audit positions in several financial institutions and external auditor consultants. Mr. Burgess is a certified public accountant, certified internal auditor (CIA), and certified information systems auditor (CISA).

David Barker

Mr. David S. Barker is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Barker is the President and Chief Executive Officer of SIHO Insurance Services, Columbus, Indiana, a community health care benefits company serving over 150,000 members throughout Indiana. He has held these positions since 1999 and has more than 30 years of experience in the insurance industry. He is active in many civic and community endeavors, including serving as current Chairman of the Indiana University Purdue University Columbus Board of Advisors, a Board member of the Heritage Fund Community Foundation, and a member of the Indiana University Advisory Board for Psychological & Brain Sciences School of Neurology. Mr. Barker has been a Board member and past Chairman of the Columbus Area Economic Growth Council, the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, and the United Way, as well as serving as a board member of the Riley’s Children’s Foundation (Columbus Leadership Team).

Cynthia Booth

Ms. Cynthia O. Booth is Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Booth is the President and Chief Executive Officer of COBCO Enterprises, LLC, the owner and operator of six 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 Vice President, 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 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. 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 allows 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.

Peter Geier

Mr. Peter E. Geier is Independent director of the Company. Mr. Geier is principal of PGeier Consulting, LLC, a business consulting firm specializing in business process improvement, strategic planning, governance and CEO/management development. He is a Senior Lecturer and Executive in Residence at the Fisher College of Business, Department of Management Science at The Ohio State University. In this role, his responsibilities include management of the year-long healthcare immersion program and teaching strategy and operational improvement in the MBA Program. He previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of The Ohio State University Health System and the Chief Operating Officer of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center from 2001 to 2015. He also held the title of CFO for the Wexner Medical Center from 2011 to 2015. In his roles with The Ohio State University Health System and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, he was responsible for the financial performance and operations of the university’s academic medical center which includes six hospitals, multiple out-patient sites, the College of Medicine and an integrated faculty practice group. Until its acquisition by First Financial Bank in 2014, Mr. Geier served as a director and Chairman of the Board of Insight Bank, serving on the executive, asset liability and loan committees of the bank. Mr. Geier was appointed to our Board in September 2014 following the consummation of the merger with Insight Bank. Mr. Geier also served on the board of directors of Huntington Bancshares from 1999 to 2001 where he held the positions of President and Chief Operating Officer.

Susan Knust

Ms. Susan L. Knust is Independent Director of the Company. 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 our growing Cincinnati market area. Also, as a female business owner, her perspective and experiences have proven valuable to us.

William Kramer

Mr. William J. Kramer, CPA., is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Kramer is the Vice President of Operations and a member of the board of directors of Valco Companies, 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 with Valco Companies, Inc. since 2008, having previously held other executive positions at Valco Companies, 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.

Jeffrey Meyer

Mr. Jeffrey D. Meyer is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Meyer is an owner and the President of Clean Title Agency, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio. He has held these positions since 1998. He is also a part owner and operator of three other title agencies in central Ohio: Columbia Title Agency, Leadership Title Agency, and Win Title Agency. Each of his title agencies issues title insurance and handle real estate closings. Until its acquisition by First Financial Bank in 2014, Mr. Meyer served as a director of The First Bexley Bank, serving on the loan, information technology and audit committees of the bank. Mr. Meyer was appointed to our Board in September 2014 following the consummation of the merger with The First Bexley Bank. Mr. Meyer presently serves on the Board of Trustees and is President of The Columbus Jewish Foundation.

John Neighbours

Mr. John T. Neighbours is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Neighbours is a partner in the law firm of Faegre Baker Daniels. He has practiced law for over 40 years and has represented employers throughout the country in all aspects of labor and employment law. Additionally, he has become an adviser to business, educational and not-for-profit executives on a variety of topics and assists them in problem solving. Mr. Neighbours is also active in the Indianapolis real estate market, with 35 years of experience in development and leasing activities, including development projects in low income areas. His most recent development project involves managing a $100 million investment in a low income area and coordinating the development with the City of Indianapolis, the local YMCA, healthcare providers, and charter schools. Mr. Neighbours is well known in Indianapolis and is a recognized leader in the local business community, providing valuable insight to the board on the local business environment. His years as a practicing attorney give him an enhanced perspective on legal and employment matters as well the business climate generally given his national practice.

Richard Olszewski

Mr. Richard E. Olszewski is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Olszewski is the owner and operator of two 7-Eleven Food Store franchises in Griffith, Indiana. He was previously a director of a former affiliate bank of First Financial from 1995 to 2005 and joined the board of the Company in 2005.

Maribeth Rahe

Ms. Maribeth S. Rahe is 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. She also serves on the board of directors of Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Inc. Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Inc. is an investment management firm and wholly owned subsidiary of Western & Southern Financial Group located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ms. Rahe has more than 44 years of experience in the banking and financial services industries with 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.