Fifth Third Bancorp said Wednesday that it has hired Ross J. Kari, a veteran of Safeco Corp. and Wells Fargo & Co., as its chief financial officer, ending a six-month search.

Mr. Kari will join the $116 billion-asset Cincinnati company Monday and will fill a position vacated when Christopher G. Marshall resigned in May. Daniel T. Poston, Fifth Third's controller, has been serving as the interim CFO.

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