Gerard Champi is getting a vowel upgrade.

He will be promoted to CEO from COO of First National Community Bancorp in Dunmore, Pa., this summer, according to a company news release issued Wednesday.

Champi has been chief financial officer for the past five years and has worked for First National since 1991. He will become president and chief executive of the $1 billion-asset company and its First National Community Bank banking subsidiary on July 1.

He will succeed Steven Tokach, who joined the company in 2011 and will retire June 30. Champi will also replace Tokach as a Class A director, with the term expiring in 2017.

Chairman Dominick DeNaples called Champi "a highly respected leader in our company, our community and our industry."

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