First Niagara names Art Rhatigan as senior team leader

Art Rhatigan

Art Rhatigan

First Niagara Financial Group (Nasdaq: FNFG) announced the appointment of Art Rhatigan as Senior Team Leader for Commercial Lending in New England.

Rhatigan will be responsible for developing and expanding new commercial banking relationships within First Niagara’s New England Region, which includes Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. He will be based in New Haven and will report to Jeff Hubbard, First Niagara’s New England Region President.

“Art has been working for more than 29 years managing the portfolios of businesses throughout New England,” said Hubbard. “We are confident this experience will enhance our Commercial Lending department as he works to inform customers about the products, services and expertise available to them through First Niagara.”

Prior to First Niagara, Rhatigan served as SVP/Senior Client Manager for Global Commercial Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He also held several other positions within that company including SVP/Market Manager for Fairfield/Westchester Business Banking and SVP/Senior Client Manager for New Haven Business Banking.

“I have lived and worked in New England for more than three decades, and I look forward to continuing to assist new and current commercial lending customers and help them find the financial solutions that work best for their business,” said Rhatigan.

Rhatigan serves on the boards of several not for profit organizations, including the Bridgeport Public Education Fund, Bridgeport Regional Business Council and the McGivney Community Center.  He previously served as the Treasurer of the Cardinal Shehan Center as well as the Vice Chairman of the Fairfield YMCA.

Rhatigan received a B.A. in Economics from Trinity College in Hartford and currently resides in Fairfield with his wife and two children.

About First Niagara

First Niagara, through its wholly owned subsidiary, First Niagara Bank, N.A., is a multi-state community-oriented bank with approximately 390 branches, $39 billion in assets, $28 billion in deposits, and approximately 5,400 employees providing financial services to individuals, families and businesses across New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts.  For additional information on First Niagara, visit us at www.firstniagara.com, follow us on Twitter @FirstNiagara, or like us on Facebook at FirstNiagaraBank.

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