Huntington Bancshares in Columbus, Ohio, has named Bank of the West executive Andy Harmening as its new head of consumer and business banking. He will succeed Mary Navarro, who is retiring after 42 years in the industry.

Harmening is Bank of the West's vice chairman of consumer banking. Before joining the San Francisco unit of France's BNP Paribas in 2005, he worked in small business and commercial banking at U.S. Bancorp in Minneapolis.

He will join Huntington in May and report to Chairman and CEO Stephen Steinour.

Andy Harmening and Mary Navarro
Andy Harmening, left, will succeed Mary Navarro as Huntington’s head of consumer and business banking. Navarro is retiring in June after 14 years with the company.

“Andy is a widely respected leader with an impressive track record for driving results,” Steinour said in a March 23 press release.

Navarro will step down in June, ending a 14-year stint overseeing retail and business banking at Huntington. She was previously a senior executive at Banc One, which was sold in 2004 to JPMorgan Chase.

Navarro has been a fixture on American Banker's list of the Most Powerful Women in Banking for several years. She was ranked No, 14 in 2016.

Notably, Harmening and Navarro previously worked together on the board of the Consumer Bankers Association.

In a news release, Steinour said that Navarro has been instrumental in driving a retail strategy that has earned Huntington a top ranking in customer satisfaction from J.D. Power in four consecutive years.

“Mary has been an invaluable resource to Huntington, and her influence, dedication and hard work will propel us forward for many years to come," Steinour said.

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Kristin Broughton

Kristin Broughton

Kristin Broughton is a reporter for American Banker, where she writes about the business of national and regional banking.