COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 3, 2015 – Huntington Bank has appointed Tom Wirth to the position of auto finance product and strategy director. Wirth will lead a team of 40 colleagues across product, strategy, underwriting, and risk management with accountability for strengthening Huntington’s dealer outreach and product and service innovation.

“Tom has earned tremendous respect across the industry and dealer community alike,” said Rich Porrello, Huntington auto finance director. “We are thrilled to have him on the team to help drive our continued expansion. He has a proven strategic vision for delivering excellent customer service and aligning systems and processes essential for elevating performance and driving strategic growth.”

Wirth joins Huntington with more than 25 years of experience in auto finance, most recently as senior vice president, indirect line of business manager and national retail executive at U.S. Bank where, over the last 16 years, he helped grow auto finance assets under management to $25 billion. Previous experience included serving as vice president, regional manager at Bank One Credit Company in Milwaukee, WI.

“Huntington is renowned for customer-focused relationships and ingenuity,” said Wirth. “Expect that to continue, as we concentrate on helping a growing portion of the dealer community embrace a full suite of financial strategies that help their businesses perform.”

Wirth served as vice chairman of the Consumer Bankers Association auto finance committee. He has also been involved with the Association of Consumer Vehicle Lessors legal committee and is a past member of the National Vehicle Leasing Association.

Wirth graduated from the Consumer Bankers Association Graduate School of Bank Management and earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Augustana College. He is a certified leasing executive by the National Vehicle Leasing Association.

Wirth resides in Mason, Ohio, where he is active in the coaching and mentoring of student athletes with Kingdom Vision Outreach, and he serves on the Marshall High School Advisory Board.

About Huntington Auto Finance

Serving the auto industry for more than 60 years, Huntington Auto Finance provides indirect new and used vehicle lending and vehicle inventory financing to 3,800 dealerships in 20 states across the Midwest and New England. The team is prominent among lenders nationally with a $12 billion portfolio following its fifth consecutive year of record results in 2014.

About Huntington

Huntington Bancshares Incorporated is a $70 billion asset regional bank holding company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, with a network of more than 750 branches and more than 1,500 ATMs across six Midwestern states. Founded in 1866, The Huntington National Bank and its affiliates provide consumer, small business, commercial, treasury management, wealth management, brokerage, trust, and insurance services. Huntington also provides auto dealer, equipment finance, national settlement and capital market services that extend beyond its core states. Visit for more information.


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