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Kathie DeRuiter (Photo: Business Wire)

Craig M. Dwight, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Horizon Bancorp (NASDAQ: HBNC) is pleased to announce that on December 17, 2013, the Boards of Directors of Horizon Bancorp and its wholly owned subsidiary, Horizon Bank, N.A. (collectively, “Horizon”), named Kathie DeRuiter, Dave Rose and Mark Secor as Executive Vice Presidents to serve in the capacities of senior operations officer, senior retail banking officer and chief financial officer, respectively. The promotions will be effective January 1, 2014. Mr. Dwight stated that “Ms. DeRuiter, Mr. Rose and Mr. Secor are an integral part of Horizon’s senior management team and have been key drivers to Horizon’s success. Their expanded authorities and responsibilities will ensure continued commitment to excellence and profitable growth.”

Dave Rose (Photo: Business Wire)

Dave Rose (Photo: Business Wire)

Ms. DeRuiter started her banking career with Horizon in May 1998 and has served as Horizon’s Senior Vice President responsible for all of Horizon’s operational components, including deposit and loan operations, collections, information technology, data processing and alternative delivery systems. Prior to joining Horizon, Ms. DeRuiter was employed by Whirlpool Financial Corporation, where she managed operations and analysis for multiple consumer loan portfolios and alternative delivery systems for ten years. . Ms. DeRuiter is a past recipient of Horizon’s John A. Garrettson Leadership Award and is an active board member and volunteer for the Three Oaks, Michigan Flag Day Festival and serves on the Elavon Client Advisory Board. Ms. DeRuiter will be responsible for all of Horizon’s operational and technology departments, including alternative delivery systems.

Mr. Rose started his banking career with Horizon in October 1980 and has served Horizon in the capacity of Senior Auditor, Senior Operations Officer and Regional President for Northwest, Indiana. Mr. Rose is very active in the local community and currently serves on the Boards of Porter Regional Hospital, Porter County Community Foundation and Valparaiso Economic Development Commission. In addition, Mr. Rose has served on the board of directors of the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scouts of America Calumet District, United Way of Porter County, Past United Way Campaign Chairman, Dollars for Scholars, Porter Stark Services, John G. Blank Center for the Arts and the Michigan City Redevelopment Commission. Mr. Rose is the past recipient of several distinguished awards, including the Valparaiso Community Leader of the Year, Horizon’s John A. Garrettson Leadership and Burton B. Ruby Community Service Awards. Mr. Rose received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance from Indiana University. Mr. Rose will be responsible for all retail banking markets, products and services.

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