Citizens Bank Appoints June B. Barry As Senior Vice President Of Human Resources

    PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Citizens Bank has announced that
 June B. Barry has been named Senior Vice President of Human Resources for the
 Pennsylvania region.  Citizens Financial Group is purchasing 345 retail bank
 branches in the mid-Atlantic region from Mellon Financial Corporation and
 expects to begin operating the branches in early December.
     Barry joins Citizens after an impressive 22-year career in human resources
 management, including experience with corporate integration and the banking
 industry.  At Citizens, she will oversee all human resource functions,
 including employee relations, training, compensation, recruitment and benefits
 for more than 4,000 employees.  Barry will report to Stephen D. Steinour, the
 Chairman and CEO of Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania.
     "June Barry's senior management experience in human resources for a wide-
 variety of public companies and industries, including banking, is an asset to
 our Citizens team," said Steinour.  "Her high level of integration experience
 from her years in the financial services and specialty chemicals industries
 will prove invaluable to our growing organization."
     Barry's appointment is the latest of several key appointments that
 Citizens has announced in the last few weeks as the bank continues to assemble
 a team of experienced professionals who are committed to providing the
 customer-friendly service and products that have earned Citizens an
 outstanding reputation for retail banking and small business lending in its
 home base of New England.
     Prior to joining Citizens, Barry served for seven years at Betz Dearborn
 Laboratories, Inc. as Senior Vice President of Human Resources and
 Administration.  In 1998, Hercules, Inc. retained Barry after it acquired Betz
 Dearborn, where she played a key role on the integration team.  While at
 Hercules, she was Executive Vice President for the Corporate Resources Group
 with global responsibility for human resources spanning 250 sites.  She
 previously was Senior Vice President, Director of Human Resources, at First
 Fidelity Bancorporation with responsibility for 15,000 employees.
     Prior to her position at First Fidelity, Barry was Senior Vice President
 for Human Resources and Administration at Philadelphia Newspapers, Inc.  Barry
 also has held human resource positions at Cigna and the Washington Post
 Corporation.
     A graduate of the College of Notre Dame, Barry also holds a Master's
 degree from Rowan University.  Barry is a board member of Keystone Financial
 Corporation and the Arthritis Foundation, Philadelphia Chapter.  She is a past
 member of the Strategic Human Resources Planning Society and the Society for
 Human Resources Management.  Barry also previously served as a member of the
 State Chapter of the American Institute of Banking, as well as a former board
 member of Peirce Junior College and the Please Touch Museum.  She resides in
 Voorhees, New Jersey.
     Citizens announced in July that it will purchase the retail, small
 business and certain middle market commercial banking businesses of Mellon
 Financial Corporation, which includes 345 branches throughout Pennsylvania and
 portions of Delaware and southern New Jersey that employ more than 4,100
 people.  The bank will locate its headquarters in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh,
 and upon completion of the sale, Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania will become the
 third largest bank in the Commonwealth.
 
     About Citizens Bank
     Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is a $32.4 billion financial services
 company headquartered in Providence, RI.  It operates as Citizens Bank in
 Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.  Citizens is
 wholly owned by The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc.  With more than
 330 branches and 835 ATMs in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and
 Rhode Island, Citizens is the second largest commercial bank holding company
 in New England.  Upon completion of the Mellon transaction, Citizens will be
 one of the nation's 20 largest banks with $49 billion in assets, more than
 770 branches, more than 1,400 ATMs and more than 12,000 employees in 7 states.
 Citizens Bank can be accessed on the world wide WEB at www.citizensbank.com.
 
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