RBS Citizens Financial Group has appointed Ellen Taylor as executive vice president and head of investor relations, where she will oversee the Providence, R.I., company's preparations to become a public company later this year.

Taylor will report to chief financial officer John Fawcett.

"As we pursue our strategy of becoming an independent, standalone bank," Fawcett said, Taylor's expertise "will be extremely valuable in helping us engage with investors as a publicly owned company."

The $120 billion-asset RBS Citizens is the U.S. unit of the Royal Bank of Scotland. Prior to joining the company,Taylor was a principal at McIver Taylor Group. She also has served as a leader in investor relations at Wachovia and held various managerial positions at BlackRock.

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