First Niagara Names Cantara Chief Banking Officer

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First Niagara Financial Group (FNFG) in Buffalo, N.Y., has promoted a veteran executive to be its chief banking officer.

Daniel Cantara 3rd will now lead all of the $36 billion-asset company's businesses that deal directly with customers, First Niagara said Monday.

Cantara already runs its commercial services group, which he has led since 2007, and supervises its consumer finance business. He will add oversight of retail banking to those duties.

"Aligning all aspects of the customer experience under Dan's leadership, across all products and services, is a continuation of our strategy to optimize and drive growth and will enable us to more fully realize the opportunities within each of our markets," John Koelmel, First Niagara's chief executive, said in a news release.

Cantara joined First Niagara in 2001 after roughly 20 years as a certified public accountant, including 12 with a regional firm he co-founded.

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