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Photo Release -- First Niagara Promotes Daniel Cantara To Senior Executive Vice President And Chief Banking Officer

BUFFALO, N.Y, Dec. 17, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:FNFG) promoted Daniel E. Cantara III to serve as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer, responsible for oversight and leadership of all customer-facing businesses at the regional bank.

Daniel E. Cantara III
First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. promoted Daniel E. Cantara III to serve as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer

A photo accompanying this release is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=16308

"Dan is a proven executive who consistently delivers exceptional results for our organization," President and Chief Executive Officer John R. Koelmel said. "Aligning all aspects of the customer experience under Dan's leadership, across all products and services, is a continuation of our strategy to optimize and drive growth and will enable us to more fully realize the opportunities within each of our markets."

In addition to continuing his direct responsibility for First Niagara's Commercial Services Group, as well as oversight of the Consumer Finance business under Executive Vice President Andrew Fornarola, Cantara's expanded role will now also include all Retail Banking operations under Executive Vice President Mark Rendulic's leadership.

"I'm very proud of First Niagara's record of meeting and exceeding the needs of all customers in the communities we serve, not only as a bank and financial services provider, but as a leading corporate citizen," Cantara said. "The success we've achieved is thanks to the thousands of First Niagara team members who devote themselves to doing great things for our customers and neighbors, and I'm excited to have the opportunity to make sure they have the support they need to further grow and succeed, each and every day."

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