Huntington Bancshares Incorporated (NASDAQ: HBAN; www.huntington.com) has named Paul G. Heller chief technology and operations officer, the bank announced today. Heller is one of the leading digital technology executives in the United States, with an extensive background in operations. He is a 16-year veteran of Chase where he most recently was responsible for driving the strategy and successful execution of all digital banking and payments. He will report directly to Huntington’s chairman, president and CEO, Steve Steinour. “Paul has the knowledge, expertise and leadership skills needed to take Huntington’s information technology and operations environment to the next level,” said Steinour. “Paul’s significant experiences also will allow us to expand products and services and make them more convenient for our growing customer base. Paul is well known and highly regarded in the industry. We are thrilled he is joining Huntington to fill this critical role.” "I am delighted to join Huntington, a bank committed to investing in customer convenience and innovative customer services,” said Heller. "As a native of Columbus, Ohio, I have watched Huntington’s management over the years and admired how they have grown the bank. I look forward to being part of such a dynamic team.” Heller has broad experience in digital banking, payments and the global delivery of applications. His credit card experience is substantial and includes the management, design, implementation and testing of various systems for card processing. He also has overseen a variety of delivery channels including internet, mobile banking, call centers, branch infrastructure development and ATMs. He has been responsible for acquisition conversion, application development, and originations and sales systems. He also has comprehensive credit technology and operations experience. Heller began his career at Chase in 1995 as a vice president in operations for credit services. He rose steadily through the company and held a series of posts including chief technology officer (CTO) for the retail bank, CTO for the corporate internet group and CTO for the consumer bank.
Prior to joining Chase, Heller worked for Andersen Consulting specializing in financial card processing. During that time, he worked in New York, Phoenix and London, England, on strategy, operations and technology projects.Heller received his bachelor’s from Miami University in Ohio and his master’s in business administration in finance from The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business. Active in the community, Heller is co-chair of the Memorial Tournament Concert for Nationwide Children’s Hospital and an advisory board member of St. Charles Preparatory School. He has also served on the boards of St. Stephen’s Community House and the Central Ohio Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. About Huntington Huntington Bancshares Incorporated is a $56 billion regional bank holding company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. The Huntington National Bank, founded in 1866, provides full-service commercial, small business, and consumer banking services; mortgage banking services; treasury management and foreign exchange services; equipment leasing; wealth and investment management services; trust services; brokerage services; customized insurance brokerage and service programs; and other financial products and services. The principal markets for these services are Huntington’s six-state banking franchise: Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, West Virginia, and Kentucky. The primary distribution channels include a banking network of more than 690 traditional branches and convenience branches located in grocery stores and retirement centers, and through an array of alternative distribution channels including internet and mobile banking, telephone banking, and more than 1,380 ATMs. Through automotive dealership relationships within its six-state banking franchise area and selected other Midwest and New England states, Huntington also provides commercial banking services to the automotive dealers and retail automobile financing for dealer customers.