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Bill Koehler Named President of KeyBank's Great Lakes Region 19-year banking veteran to lead region that includes Ohio, Michigan and Indiana

CLEVELAND, May 10, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Bill Koehler has been named president of KeyBank's Great Lakes Region, which includes Ohio, Michigan and Indiana. In this position he will lead seven district teams that are focused on delivering Key's products and services to retail, business banking, commercial banking and private banking clients in the region.

Koehler previously led KeyCorp's Keyvolution project, a corporate-wide initiative focused on improving the company's efficiency and effectiveness. He also served as KeyBank's Michigan district president. In that role, he was responsible for growing Key's franchise within Southeastern Michigan.

"I'm excited about this opportunity because Key is uniquely positioned in the Great Lakes Region," said Koehler. "We work closely with our clients to identify the challenges they face and offer solutions that help them achieve their financial goals. We provide products and services that many of our peers lack or have failed to deliver in a coordinated way, specifically value-added ideas, capital markets expertise and investment and trust management capabilities that are of tremendous value to business owners. These capabilities are essential in helping business owners build, preserve, and transfer wealth over time." Koehler gained corporate finance and leadership experience in previous roles within KeyBanc Capital Markets, where he served as a managing director and segment leader of the Financial Sponsors Group and Regional Banking. He has led banking teams serving middle market companies interested in accessing Key's commercial banking, advisory, and capital markets capabilities. He has also led a number of M & A and financing transactions for financial sponsors and middle market clients of KeyBanc Capital Markets.

He was previously employed at McDonald Investments, which KeyCorp acquired in 1998. Prior to that, he worked in J. P. Morgan & Company's corporate finance department. He has a B.A. in Economics from Harvard and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Key's Great Lakes Region includes 341 branches throughout Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Youngstown, Mansfield, Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati, Toledo, Ann Arbor, Detroit, South Bend, Elkhart, Kokomo and Indianapolis.

About KeyCorp Cleveland-based KeyCorp is one of the nation's largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $93 billion. BusinessWeek magazine named Key the top bank on its 2009 "Customer Service Champ" list, ranking Key 11th out of 25 companies known for customer service acumen. Key companies provide investment management, retail and commercial banking, consumer finance, and investment banking products and services to individuals and companies throughout the United States and, for certain businesses, internationally. For more information, visit https://www.key.com/.

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