Huntington Bancshares has hired an executive from Firstar Corp. to build up its investment business, with a focus on marketing proprietary funds to customers of Huntington Bank.

Daniel B. Benhase, 40, was to join the Columbus, Ohio, company today as head of the private financial group, which comprises investments, insurance, trust, private banking, and brokerage. He will report to Peter E. Geier, Huntington's president and chief operating officer.

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