First Niagara Financial Group (FNFG) in Buffalo, N.Y., has filled its openings for general counsel and human resources manager from within.

The $36 billion-asset bank company said Tuesday that it has named Kristy Berner its senior vice president and general counsel. She had been assistant general counsel since 2010. She worked for the law firm Hodgson Russ before joining First Niagara, and she received her law degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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