First Niagara Names Dwyer as SVP

By Joyce Dimaculangan

Tri-State Regional President for First Niagara Financial Group, Cathie A. Schaffer, announced the addition of Michael M. Dwyer as Senior Vice President, Corporate Banking serving Westchester County and the Hudson Valley, southern Connecticut and metropolitan New York markets. In this new role, Mr. Dwyer will be responsible for generating middle market financing opportunities with area companies of $25 million or higher in gross annual revenues. He will report to Robert A. Cerminaro, Senior Vice President and Market Executive of Corporate Banking for the tri-state region.

Ms. Schaffer said Mr. Dwyer is an extremely accomplished lending professional with First Niagara Financial Groupproven track record and deep roots in the tri-state market. He brings 28 years of experience in middle market and mid-corporate commercial banking. Prior to First Niagara, Mr. Dwyer served JPMorgan Chase as SVP, Senior Banker for 10 years, serving the company’s Middle Market which includes Westchester and Connecticut markets. Before that, he spent 18 years with Bank of America, serving the middle market needs of companies in New York City, Westchester and Connecticut.

Mr. Dwyer holds an M.A. from Columbia University and his B.A. from SUNY Albany. He resides in Katonah, New York with his wife and two children.

About First Niagara Financial Group
First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for First Niagara Bank, N.A. that provides retail and commercial banking, and other financial services to individuals, families, and businesses. It is a multi-state community-oriented bank with approximately 410 branches, $38 billion in assets, $28 billion in deposits, and approximately 5,800 employees providing financial services to individuals, families and businesses across New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts. For more information, go to

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