Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) has promoted a veteran executive to be its director of commercial real estate.

Renee Csuhran will oversee the Columbus, Ohio, company's CRE lending, it said Thursday. She will be based in Cleveland and report to Nick Stanutz, senior vice president of asset-based lending, commercial real estate and auto finance.

She replaces Vince Locher, who resigned to take another position, a company spokeswoman said.

Csuhran joined Huntington in February 2012 as senior regional credit administration manager, after spending more than 20 years in various roles with KeyCorp (KEY), including executive vice president for risk management. Earlier she was the director of the Cleveland company's institutional real estate, real estate investment banking and health care groups, the release says.

The $56 billion-asset Huntington has hired experts from its rivals in recent years to target niche markets such as the energy and agribusiness sectors.

Csuhran "came to Huntington with a strong commercial real estate and credit risk management background that will allow us to continue to promote a strong risk culture," Stanutz said in a news release. "We have a disciplined growth strategy around commercial real estate, and Renee's broad-based experience will help Huntington successfully manage and grow the segment."

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