Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) in Columbus, Ohio, has poached as executive from U.S. Bancorp (USB) as its new chief financial officer.

The $59 billion-asset company said in a press release Monday that Howell McCullough 3rdwould oversee functions that include finance, mergers and acquisitions, investor relations, treasury, tax, and accounting. He will report directly to Stephen Steinour, Huntington's chairman, president and chief executive. He will join Huntington in early April, a spokeswoman said.

For the last seven year, McCullough has been the chief strategy officer at U.S. Bank. At one point, he was CFO for U.S. Bancorp's payment services division. He was the Minneapolis company's director of investor relations from 2001 to 2005.

McCullough "will be a significant strategic partner to all of our executives," Steinhour said in the release. "He brings proven experience in growing revenue and disciplined expense management.... His demonstrated capabilities align with Huntington's growth opportunities and aspirations."

The hiring marks a return to Huntington for McCullough, who was a senior financial analyst at the company from 1991 to 1992 and its director of corporate development from 1992 to 1993.

David Anderson, who had been serving as Huntington's interim CFO, will return to his prior post as controller. KeyCorp (KEY) hired Don Kimble, Huntington's former CFO, to fill the same post.

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