DUBUQUE, Iowa, Dec. 04, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLF)  announced today that it has named Deborah Deters as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. She will join the company's Executive Leadership Team and report to President, Bruce Lee. 
Deborah Deters

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Deters, who most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at HUB International, LTD, brings more than 20 years of human resources experience to Heartland. While at HUB she was named the organization's first CHRO and transformed its HR function and improved employee engagement while supporting over 35 acquisitions annually.

"We are extremely fortunate to have Deborah lead Heartland's HR function during this transformative time in our company's history.  Our commitment to Community Banking depends on our ability to attract and retain highly talented people who are passionate about serving and improving the vibrancy of their communities. As we continue to grow, both organically and through acquisitions, Deborah's contributions will ensure that we are able to build and retain talented teams to serve our customers, and make Heartland a great place to work in Dubuque, IA and in the many other communities across the US that we proudly serve," said Mr. Lee.

Deborah Deters added, "I am very proud to join the Heartland team. I am looking forward to playing an integral part shaping the future of our business with a focus on engaging our people and helping Heartland and the communities we serve grow." 

Deborah Deters Biographical Information

Ms. Deters joins Heartland after nearly eight years at HUB International, LTD, where she most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. Prior to her time at HUB, Ms. Deters served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Administration for Bally Total Fitness where she teamed with top leaders on strategic initiatives involving employee engagement and wellness, as well as, acquisitions, divestures, and restructuring. Ms. Deters attended Indiana University where she obtained her BS in Business Management and Human Resources Management. She is a member of Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA), Society for Human Resource Management and is a certified Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR). She will be relocating from Chicagoland to Dubuque.

About Heartland Financial USA, Inc.

Heartland Financial USA, Inc. is a diversified financial services company with assets exceeding $9.8 billion. The company provides banking, mortgage, private client, investment, treasury management, card services, insurance, and consumer finance services to individuals and businesses. Heartland currently has 117 banking locations serving 88 communities in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Arizona, Montana, Colorado, Minnesota, Kansas, Missouri, Texas and California. Additional information about Heartland Financial USA, Inc. is available at www.htlf.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This release, and future oral and written statements of Heartland and its management, may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 about Heartland's financial condition, results of operations, plans, objectives, future performance and business. Although these forward-looking statements are based upon the beliefs, expectations and assumptions of Heartland's management, there are a number of factors, many of which are beyond the ability of management to control or predict, that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in its forward-looking statements. These factors, which are detailed in the risk factors included in Heartland's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, include, among others: (i) the strength of the local and national economy; (ii) the economic impact of past and any future terrorist threats and attacks and any acts of war, (iii) changes in state and federal laws, regulations and governmental policies concerning the Company's general business; (iv) changes in interest rates and prepayment rates of the Company's assets; (v) increased competition in the financial services sector and the inability to attract new customers; (vi) changes in technology and the ability to develop and maintain secure and reliable electronic systems; (vii)  the loss of key executives or employees; (viii)  changes in consumer spending; (ix) unexpected results of acquisitions; (x) unexpected outcomes of existing or new litigation involving the Company; and (xi) changes in accounting policies and practices. All statements in this release, including forward-looking statements, speak only as of the date they are made, and Heartland undertakes no obligation to update any statement in light of new information or future events.

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