A former cybersecurity expert with the National Security Agency joined the board of directors at Huntington Bancshares in Columbus, Ohio.

The $73 billion-asset holding company announced Tuesday that Chris Inglis, a retired deputy director with the federal intelligence organization, was unanimously elected to the board.

Inglis was NSA deputy director in the Bush and Obama administrations from 2006 to 2014, serving as senior civilian and chief operating officer for the Department of Defense intelligence agency. He specialized in information security and intelligence operations. Previously, he served in London as the U.S. government's senior liaison to the NSA's British counterpart from 2003 to 2006.

Stephen Steinour, Huntington's chairman, president and chief executive, said in a press release that he expects Inglis' expertise in cybersecurity will "significantly strengthen Huntington's governance at a time when our industry faces rising critical challenges from cyber attacks," and will "maximize alignment with our investments in information security toward protecting our customers, shareholders and colleagues."

Inglis currently sits on the board of FedEx, teaches cyber studies at the U.S. Naval Academy and chairs the U.S. Strategic Command's Intelligence Panel on the Commander's Strategic Advisory Group.

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