Huntington Bancshares Inc. has named veteran Cleveland banker and financier William R. Robertson to its board in a move to strengthen its presence in that city.

Robertson was most recently a managing partner with Kirtland Capital Partners, a Cleveland buyout firm that buys midsize manufacturing and distribution businesses. Before joining Kirtland in 1997, he served as the president, director and deputy chairman of National City Corp., the Cleveland banking company bought by PNC Financial Services Group Inc. in 2008.

Stephen Steinour, the president and chief executive of Huntington, said in a statement that the company hired Robertson for his knowledge of the Cleveland market, which he said was of "critical importance" for the Columbus, Ohio, company.

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