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First Financial Bancorp elects Anne Arvia to board

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First Financial Bancorp elected Anne Arvia as a new director on the bank’s board upon the retirement of Susan Knust and William Barron.

“Anne is an excellent addition to the board, with impressive accomplishments and knowledge from the financial services sector that will add important viewpoints and perspectives as we plan the future for First Financial,” said Archie Brown, president and CEO, in a press release.

Arvia is a principal of strategic transformation and program management for Arizona-based Cornerstone Advisors, a firm specializing in advising financial institutions. She previously worked as executive vice president of The Auto Club Group, and CEO and president of The Auto Club Trust, FSB. Arvia also held executive leadership roles at USAA Bank, Nationwide Insurance and ShoreBank. She has been a CPA since 1985. 

Knust had served on the board of First Financial Bank since 1999, and on the board of First Financial Bancorp since 2005. Barron served on the First Financial Bancorp board since 2018, and the board of predecessor entities since 1983. 

“The board is deeply grateful for the time and expertise provided by Susan and Bill over many years as the bank has grown,” said Claude Davis, chairman. “First Financial and the communities we serve are better off as a result of their guidance.” 

Cincinnati-based First Financial Bancorp is a bank holding company. The company’s subsidiary, First Financial Bank was founded in 1863. As of March 2024, First Financial operated 130 full-service banking centers in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky. 

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