Photo Release -- First Niagara Announces Michael Kelly as Managing Director, Enterprise Program Management Office

Michael Kelly
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BUFFALO, N.Y., April 23, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:FNFG) announced the appointment of Michael Kelly as Managing Director, Enterprise Program Management Office. The company's Enterprise Program Management Office (EPMO) is a centralized, enterprise-wide function which oversees the approval and implementation of new products and services, business initiatives and project portfolios. It is a key resource to enable First Niagara to manage and execute its strategic business investments focused on building products and services, features and functionality to better serve customers.

First Niagara announces that Michael Kelly has been named Managing Director, Enterprise Program Management Office

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Kelly reports to Gregory Norwood, Chief Financial Officer, and is responsible for leading First Niagara's enterprise-level portfolio of initiatives and ensuring strategic program alignment within the organization. This includes ensuring that projects are completed on time, on budget and consistent with stated objectives. He also plays a key role in integrating new technological products and platforms to enhance revenue, improve operating leverage and comply with regulatory requirements.

He joined First Niagara from TD Bank Group where he served as Senior Vice President of U.S. Core Banking Platforms and Enterprise Information Management. He formerly served on TD Bank Group's Technology Senior Executive Team, a 10-person group overseeing the bank's global technology organization. Additionally, he led several large scale change programs for the bank including TD Bank's U.S. Core platform transformation. During his nearly 14 years at TD, Kelly also held various leadership roles in Retail, Commercial, and Capital Markets, overseeing development and solutions delivery, capacity planning, architecture, governance and project management. He has more than 16 years of experience in financial technology & operations and is a Six Sigma Green Belt, Project Management Professional and Chartered Financial Analyst.

Kelly is a graduate of Queens University in Canada. He and his family have relocated to Buffalo, NY.

About First Niagara

First Niagara, through its wholly owned subsidiary, First Niagara Bank, N.A., is a multi-state community-oriented bank with approximately 420 branches, $38 billion in assets, $27 billion in deposits, and approximately 5,800 employees providing financial services to individuals, families and businesses across New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts. For more information, visit

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